time and timing

22 Sep

These thoughts and these words have been floating around in my head for a few months now, but I have been waiting to write them. I am not sure why exactly, perhaps to soak up exactly what it is that I have been feeling so strongly. This is what it boils down to: time and timing, both, and how lucky I have been this year for these two things to collide for me.

I have had months and months of time with my family and friends, the opportunity to re-connect in old ways and connect over new ones. And I have had the right timing to do so, but also the right circumstances, for which I only have the universe to thank for. One tiny example is that of my best friend from high school moving back to the Emirates over the same time period as me, to a neighbourhood new to us both but to a city that we left in 2003. There have been many more serendipitous ‘collisions’ such as this one and I have brought many of my ‘pieces‘ together (the Middle-East during an Arab Spring no less, Mauritania and my father, French and my childhood friends, my mother and her gentleness). Full and complete.

Now, it is time to leave. I am getting on a plane tonight and moving to a country in Central-West Africa that I have never been to before but that holds some of the ‘pieces’ I mention above (Fulani language/culture, the opportunity to speak French daily) and I am hopeful it will bring me new growth and challenges. I am moving in with a man, which is a big step for me romantically, and something that I have not yet attempted at the age of 26. Along with the hopes, I have my fair share of doubts and questions, but I would rather have those than regrets.

Here comes change!

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4 Responses to “time and timing”

  1. annabelvita September 22, 2011 at 7:40 pm #

    It is exciting my Z! I’m so glad this time in the UAE has allowed you to collide with people in so many good ways. I can’t wait to hear from you from Africa – will you be online?
    Love xxx

    • z September 24, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

      very exciting! and yes, I am online from Afrique- the connection seems pretty good here. lovelove xx

  2. MsAfropolitan September 22, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    Wishing you all the best! No doubt exciting times ahead. Look forward to reading more

    • z September 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

      thank you, Minna! updates coming soon. x

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