Thursday, April 19, 2012

Connections

I just had the most wonderful conversation with a woman I met today.

She is a television producer who two years ago took a year off of her job to explore other options in her life, love, career.  She found her way here, to Cambodia, and it changed her forever.  Though she's now back in a hot shot job in London, this place has stayed close to her heart and she came back to visit the village.  We rode in to the village today together, which is how we met.

After a hot and sweaty (but joyful) day at the village with chickens and children, we found ourselves back at a lovely little juice shop in Phnom Penh.  Though we just met, we quickly fell deep in to conversation - talking about giving, humanitarianism, living, choosing, working overseas, family, love, hopes, heartache and break, journeys... We just talked for a couple of hours, but I have a feeling I will see her again sometime along life's journey.  Maybe in New York or London.. or maybe back here in Phnom Penh.

Traveling can sometimes be lonely, sometimes be quiet, sometimes be overwhelming, but it can sometimes open up little moments of heaven like that - where you are able to connect and reflect.

Sometimes it takes a moment far far away from wherever home is for me to best be able to look back on my life and see it how someone else would see it.  And somehow in my travels I have found a lot of people in the same process who are willing to share so quickly.  Maybe it is easier when you find yourselves both outsiders that suddenly you realize how much you have in common.  Or maybe it is knowing that your paths are only crossing for a moment in time.

Whatever it is, I like it, and I am leaving here tonight with a fuller heart thanks to my new friend who let me pour it all earlier out over a coconut shake and a fresh baguette.  

1 comment:

Lincoln & Anjane' said...

I feel the same way. Just moving here to Mexico has been such a huge blessing for me...so many insights, discoveries & friendships! I can only imagine what it is like to experience so many new cultures & ways of living!