It’s my last weekend in Brussels, so I’ve been checking out this week at work. I had an out-brief meeting with the DCM (Deputy Chief of Mission) this week, and I had to laugh. He asked me, “Where’s home for you?” I told him about my blog and how I had just written about that very thing. But I’m not sure I’m quite ready to leave just yet. It seems like it’s gone by so fast; just as I become really close to someone, I move on. Whether it’s the best boss ever, or the great co-worker, the lunch buddy, someone I pass in the hallway and say hello to all the time but never actually introduced to so I don’t know their name… it’s always hard knowing I may never see these people again. Luckily, that’s what facebook is for! 😉
I like to know that I made a lasting impact, and that people will miss me when I leave – I suppose most people feel this way. I received an email from someone the other day from someone I’ve just met a few times, only at bowling. She saw that I was leaving and told me that I will be missed. It’s people like this that remind me that I touch others lives even when I don’t know I am. It always surprises me. What makes me stand out from the crowd? Is it because I don’t worry about what people will think of me? Is it because I’m not afraid to get up and dance – no matter if there’s music or not? In the words of Gavin DeGraw, “I don’t wanna be anything other than me.” I’m comfortable with me – I have been for a long time. A lot of people aren’t comfortable with themselves – maybe that’s what makes me so memorable. I’ve never been one to do things to ‘fit in;’ I relish my uniqueness. Who wants to be like everybody else?