These are the word to say good bye.
So long, farewell. This short expression hinted a level of sadness.
In our short and long lives, there was many sad good bye moments with who or what. It’s emotional thing. However I feel meaning of ‘bye’ is changing. At least I realized it.
Especially us backpackers, sometimes we met friends who could be friends for a life time. It’s intense. We hang out, and say good bye with sigh but it’s more like ‘bye – until we met again, and I know we will’. I believe Au revior means like this. Bye, until we meet again. So yes. we are saying Au revior.
I had few sad moments with friends on the road. A little bit of heart breaking, to be honest. You could say ‘Ughh.. you are over reacting‘ but if you felt it, you will know. You can be friends with someone for a life in just few days.
After a while of those kind of experiences, I realize, we are saying ‘bye until we see each other again – and I know we will’ instead of sad so long, farewell. Because of the fate. Franly, if you think really logically, there’s a huge change you might never see each other again. Once you are being logical, there are so many factors to consider. But, you don’t do that because? We know we are all perpetual travelers. Once you taste the ethentic air in your nose, you get addictive. Bit by a travel bug, get a itchy feet, having a wanderlust… you name it, we are all those. So there’s this fate, that we will be there somewhere sometime, no matter where and when.
Of course, all new social media is backing us up on this. Years ago, even though we said ‘bye until we see each other again’, the only we we can communicate was email or actual mail. After few years later, everyone is using all sorts of social media and now social media is the best friends to us travelers whether we are on the road or not.
Along with this now we have new meaning of ‘Friend’. Friend is not only someone you play everyday anymore. The reason why we were so sad to say good bye to friends we met on the road was unconsciously we thought we are not going to be friends anymore because we can’t see each other again. But now? We can talk constantly, as soon as we need. Even though we are not physically hang out but we are, everyday- mentally. As bloggers, we all know what’s that like, right?
With the develop of social media and the impact on backpacking, we have a whole new world of farewell and friend. Before we hug and say good bye, we always say ‘are you on Facebook?’ and we ‘Friend’ them. Easy peasy. Meet face to face is not the only option to maintain a friendship anymore. Even face to face is possible through Skype! How great is this. I bet some of you, or many of us are sharing our lives with each other online more than your local friends.
Yes, new meaning of Friend and hurray for Social media. No wonder the movie ‘Social Network’ got so many trophies from Golden Globes.
Hey, friends! I miss you all! 🙂 <3