I had my leaving do last night from my job ahead of our moving away. It was almost a week before I actually leave my role but people came for a good night out.
We went to a bar called The Pit in Leeds – nothing to do with the Yorkshire stereotype of mining…instead an American-themed barbecue joint selling American craft beers.
Anyway, I digress.
I am lucky in that over the years I have formed some firm friendships from my workplace and some of my closest friends have been people I have been fortunate to work with. I have met some genuinely wonderful people, many of whom were able to come out last night. Some travelled from London to be there, some from slightly closer by. It made me feel quite humbled and also touched. Yet another feeling that really brings home the magnitude of the change and the importance of building new friendships – not to replace the old but to compliment them.
I sincerely hope that in the years to come I can keep in touch with these friends – either through this blog or other methods and hopefully some of them will be able to visit New Zealand which would be a genuine pleasure for me.