Arrivals and Departures

Life is marked by arrivals and departures, births and deaths. It is a puzzling and yet beautiful journey.


Sometimes, I imagine the entire world as a giant and extremely busy train station, with people arriving and departing all the time.

For the most part, joy with the arrivals and sadness with the departures of their loved ones are the feelings of those who are not traveling. But those who are embarking on new adventures experience excitement, joy, and a renewed energy to tackle whatever the upcoming journeys may have reserved for them.

Farewells in airports. The endings of romantic relationships. I felt sad when loved ones left. I felt depressed when stages of my life came to an end, and I had to let go of lives that had played themselves out and did not serve me anymore. I felt melancholy and despair witnessing physical death of people I knew, and also of people I didn’t. I empathized with other people’s grief and shed tears with them. But with all that I also came to realize that endings are just new beginnings in disguise.

We are constantly losing and regaining balance: this is the natural motion of life. We are always departing and coming back.  We are always returning to the Source. We came from nowhere and we are now-here, on our way back to nowhere.

Many times I have entertained the idea that ultimate reason for living is to go through experiences that allow us to learn how to properly die. I have decided that I will prepare myself to embrace death, my own, as an exciting departure, one that celebrates the beginning of a new and beautiful adventure.

I am happy with the life that was given to me. I feel blessed for all the love I have received and the love I was able to give. Yes, my life, like all lives, had its difficult moments and tragedies, but I guess we all want to stick around for as long as we can because we love love; we love to love and to be loved.

Arrivals and departures, births and deaths, beginnings and ends are ways Wisdom uses to remind us of the inexorable transformation and the impermanence of all. It is also a way of reminding us that, in the end, it’s all about love: the love we make, the love we leave, and the love we take.


“This body is not me. I am not limited by this body. I am life without boundaries. I have never been born, and I have never died.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


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