*This letter might have two points of view because this was written while we were both on Skype as we fill the distance with words, love, and flashbacks.
Sunrise truly is majestic isn’t it? It has worries but it knows how to be hopeful and happy.
We honestly don’t know why we started this letter with a sunrise, but maybe if we will work with Eena’s mind, it is because both of us did not experience it before the year ends due to the typhoon in the Philippines and winter in Belgium. One thing is certain though at this point, we might be ending the year in its gloomy state but 2018 was indeed one of the scariest yet exciting roller coaster ride that we rode on.
The First Half of the Year
Beginning, well, what can we say, some people create changes to this part of the year as we try to start the resolutions that we will later on forget once our hangover of the past has been cured already and for the both of us, I think the most memorable part was when Eena challenged herself for the extremes, which became the inspiration for our title. You see, people always try to go as many places as they can, to experience cultures, and to check some boxes in their bucket lists and don’t get us wrong but we have always admired people who traverse the world to find and leave pieces of themselves in them, however, I have always been an advocate of the slow life and see things in their present time. And this was it, we were both breathing at the same everyday by appreciating what we have and what we are together and apart. (B)
The Break with Simplicity
“A privileged person’s problem,” that’s what they’ve always told me whenever I say that I am taking a break from travelling. Maybe yes, because let’s face it, travelling is still a privilege but earlier this year I have realised that even though I would love to see more of the world, I felt that it is a normal thing for me and I know my way in revolving around it as I continuously exploit what the world is giving me to fulfil my dreams of seeing and experiencing its nature. And that became the start with the realisation that living consciously and slowing things down is something that I should live in that and this moment in my life. (E)
(screen capture from the film)
Remember when Celine realised that she became the angry lady? That is still me and Bart became my Jesse by being the understanding man that helped me calm down to make sense of everything better. And with this I can say that 2018 was the year when we made big decisions and like Before Sunset, our lives are still on the bridge, waiting for its growth as we figure out how to get to midnight. (E)
Your Letters and Strangers
I cannot begin how much we are so thankful for all the strangers who have touched our lives over the past months–from the students and monks of Thailand to the strangers whom we’ve exchanged meaningful conversations with–we appreciate you. Your Letters definitely played a big part of Conversations of Us this year and we promise that we will always try to see the beauty of human connections and interactions in the strangest way possible. This project (both the online and live project) made us feel so grateful of a lot of things and to put things into a better perspective, each letter and each story never failed to make us smile.
We launched our sustainable shop this year! There are so much things to say for this but if we could sum everything up, this sustainable shop was something that we are so terrified to start with, but aside from sustainability and trying to give our best selves for the environment, we’ve learned that as you chase your dreams never forget to give something good to the world in return.
For some, we understand that everything was a big blur for you in what we wrote, maybe because that’s how the world works sometimes you just want to relate to things to make sense of everything. 2018 was our bridge for the future, we know something bigger is coming up still. Fears will always be there, so take good care of yourself for 2019, use all the hurtful things that you will endure to strengthen you. Take care of you and try to love a piece of yourself. It’s hard but it is a beautiful thing to learn for each day.
Cheers for more conversations and connections that we will make and fail to sustain.