August is for good byes
30th of August, 9 am – Billund Airport.
As I look around me I see many different people drinking coffee, reading magazines, rolling suitcases. I am the girl next to the phone charger boot, surrounded by many bags, Danish pastries, a coffee and hitting the keyboards of my laptop. I am traveling to China. More precisely I am traveling to China for 3 months to visit 5 different cities, 5 different suppliers as my second stationing. Today is also an anniversary for me. It’s been one year since I moved to Denmark and began my journey as an IBT.
Now, these are already two big reasons for me to feel sentimental this morning. All those big hugs from my fellow IBT friends didn’t help either….
One year ago I came here hoping to find a job, that I sincerely enjoy- one that challenges and teaches me. I hoped to find new friends, who I can share this journey with. Last but not least I was ready to explore a new side of myself – one, that is more open-minded, more courageous, stronger and more independent.
Today without exaggaration I can say that I accomplished all of these. I have a job that I am happy to do 8 or even more hours per day. I have great colleagues who trust me, who challenge me, who encourage and support me….So many pictures roll in front of my eyes as I sit here…My first visit in my office when my manager gave me an umbrella to protect myself from the rain….the boxing classes I went to with my colleagues…the PLAY parties with crazy stories and lots of Danish jokes…my first coach’s supporting words when I felt homesick…people leaving and coming….my first collection handover…the sales meeting presentation….
Yesterday as I was anxiously preparing to leave the office for 3 months one of my colleagues approached me to go over to the sales meeting because they need me for something. I didn’t want to go, I was nervous because I didn’t have time for any more tasks. Once I actually did go over they all gathered around me holding the the biggest cake I have ever seen and received, – a surprise from all of them to wish me good luck. I felt loved and lucky to have them.
I have a new international family. The closeness we have makes us feel home away from home. Memories that I won’t forget and other ones that will give me strength in the next few months when I have to be strong by myself in China….The dinners we had on the terrace with blankets wrapped around us surrounded by delicious meals shared with each other…my roommate, Cassandra who I shared the most laughs, tears, and glasses of wine with <3 ….the funny parties in Fox and Hounds…long conversations on each others couches in our identical apartments….the picnic…the birthday cake forking…saying good bye to each of them as they left for their stationing….This is my way of saying thank you for these amazing months guys. I love you all and will miss you all.
What about me? Am I still the same girl who left Hungary a year ago? Yes and no. I believe this girl has always been in me but something has been released these past months. I opened myself to others when it was not easy. I am learning to listen to others and accept them as they are, different than me. I am learning to be happy when life introduces new people to me and I learn to let them go when needed. I am learning a lesson about team-work and the power of diversity. I know that I am capable of much more than I think….
I hope all these learning qualified me to stand strong in China and embrace the upcoming experiences.
I know I will miss Denmark even if China is lots of fun and adventure. I am not sad about it. It means I am leaving something great behind, just as I did a year ago when I left Hungary. I am collecting places with the feeling of ‘Home’.
09:41, Billund Airport, Denmark