“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
Pascal Mercier, Night Train to Lisbon
This summer has been a summer of saying goodbye to familiar places. One of the things I remember from reading Third Culture Kids* a few years ago, is the importance of saying goodbye to the country that you are leaving behind. Moving to a new country is very exciting but you should not forget that you are also leaving behind a home, friends, family. It is important to acknowledge that.
In my case I am saying goodbye to Radboud University Nijmegen, where I studied Business Communication and finished my PhD, and to Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, where I worked for 10 years as in house communication consultant. Most of all, I am saying goodbye to Nijmegen which has been my home for the past 16 years. To whom I am not saying goodbye, though, are my friends and family because I am counting on still seeing and hearing lots of them.
So, yes, I think you can say I will leave something of myself in Nijmegen, so I will certainly be back!
* Pollock, D. C., Van Ruth, E. R., & Van Reken, R. E. (2009). Third culture kids: Growing up among worlds: Nicholas Brealey Pub.