Always Loved

Living as a foreigner for a long period of time, away from your family and the friends you have grown up with, you sometimes miss the love and warmth of those people you have left behind. At times life goes by so quickly, that before we realize it, weeks have passed and we have not talked to anyone back home.

The easiest option to reconnect is to look on the Facebook newsfeed to see updates on people far away. You see that everything is good and you go on with your day. However, the people who live over 5,000 miles away continue to grow, develop, and create their own lives, and you are no longer a part of what happens at home. It’s not bad, but at times you feel distant from your own life.

With that said, it’s good to feel loved and know that the people who are important to you think of you and still care for you despite the distance.

It’s normal. We are humans and we crave the love and connections with other humans.  

I have always had good communication with my grandma. When I was a child I memorized her phone number and could call her in any given moment and she was always there to listen and give me advice. When I moved abroad to Spain, life got the best of me and our communication faded.

One day it dawned on me that months had gone by and I had not talked with her. I had never waited that long before to call her. I continued to procrastinate because I was afraid that she would be disappointed in me for the length of time we had not talked. After going back and forth on what to do, I decided to pick up the phone and call. After three rings her sweet, surprised voice answered. Before she could say anything I quickly asked for forgiveness and told her that I always think of her, even though I let so much time pass by.

With her soft voice she said, “Sarah, you are my baby girl and I love you more than you can imagine. Even if you let 5 years go by without a call, you could still call me and know that I will be here for you. You are so important to me and I always have you in my heart and prayers.” What my 90-year-old grandma said was exactly what I needed to hear in that moment.

Sometimes we are not aware of the power of the words we use.  We often underestimate how much influence they have in the lives of other people.

It’s true that I am not as involved in the life of my family and friends like I used to be because I am always traveling and live in another country. My relationship with everyone is different, but I know that they all love and support me despite the distance. I also realize more than ever the importance of taking time to express feelings to the ones I love and work to give them the same feeling that my grandma gave me by her sweet words.  

Don’t forget to stop and tell your family, friends and those who are important in your life that you love and appreciate them. We have to take advantage of every moment to let others know what we think of them and how much we care. Many times we only complain and focus on the problems of our loved ones and forget to value the good in each person that we share our lives with.

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Sarah - thenomadicdreamer.comAlways Loved