When we first started Conversations of Us, it was fear that immediately got to us. We were away that time, Eena was at at the airport running for her flight to Manila and Bart was in Gent getting ready for the launch of this site (yes, we are both taking turns in writing this piece now).
How will we maintain this, if we also have to maintain this whole long distance thing? A question that up until now we can’t answer, which is why we got more scared when we decided to build a community already. However, just now we realised that being away could also stem into something good, we get to see the world in different timezones and in different perspectives. Don’t get us wrong, but it is honestly not mostly fun to have this situation, but this is how we learned more about ourselves and the environment that surrounds us.
The next stories now are realisations about our home while we’re not in each other’s presence:
Bart in Gent
My life here in Ghent is at first sight a casual one. Most people tend to overlook the small things like, other people going to work, the drivers in the cars, the lights that go out when it starts to clear up, or even the trains as they pass by on the way to work. I try to think about the stories behind most of them and also have to admit that sometimes I sneak a conversation along from some strangers. But overall when I go out (and that's mostly on foot or by bus or tram) the feeling of home and a certain oldness comes to mind. I think when you see people laugh and talk on the street that that is a day well spent for them. If you live in a place like this and you don't feel that cheerful, you just need to go out and breathe in that city life, because there will never be a better place to have a castle in such a lively city with old architechture and still be this modern and full of youthful vibes.
This is Gent for me now, and this is my hometown, a place for everyone to be at peace of mind and heart.
Eena in Coron
This island is not my hometown, in fact, I’m lost as of right now, I really don’t know a place, except my family home, that I could wholeheartedly say that I’m proud to be part of. But if there’s something I could say about this town that I recently went for work, it’s that it gave me a tranquil feeling of belongingness that even in a chaotic country like the Philippines, there’s still hope that will always be there.
Coron may not be the place on where my heart stays, but even in just a glimpse of everything it teased me for the life I may have longed for.
Both of us may have different perceptions in life, but being away from each other helps us see that a sad sunset may also signify a hope for a better tomorrow.