Monday, 26 August 2013

One of my Best Buddies is Moving to Dubai :(

So you know that weird feeling that you keep putting off when your friend announces she's moving away? The one where you think 'oh she's not moving just yet. I still have more time with her'.....well that feeling came to a drastic halt this weekend. My closest friend Wisam has officially moved to Dubai!

People who knew me and my friend Wisam were always under the impression that we had been friends for years and years. Yes, we did meet 7 years ago at Sutton High- but our relationship was one of friendly smiles and small talk and passing acquaintance. It wasn't until just over a year ago (believe it or not), I was at work when I saw her walking into another shop. I called her instantly to tell her I spotted her, she came out straightaway to find me and we had a short catch up. It just so happened that I was meeting some old SHS girls for dinner that night and it made all the sense in the world to invite her. The following pictures are from the night at dinner that would pave way to our following year together-

Soon after that day, there was a torrential downpour and she texted me asking if I wanted to do something. It was a long-shot and other friends had laughed in my face and declined, but when I asked Wisam if she wanted to come to the gym with me using one of my guest passes, she excitedly agreed. Apparently, she was thinking of joining a gym so she wanted to check out the one I was using. She ended up loving it and joined as a member the next day! I remember her first little brother joined us and acted as our personal trainer. I still have a vision of Wisam exhausted after 10 minutes sitting there on a piece of equipment looking lost, whilst I was seeing stars after being hit in the face with a medicine ball by my lovely little brother. In contrary, her last workout last week, she had not one but TWO long runs on the treadmill. Inevitably a credit to the health and fitness she has gained over the past year.

Other than a tight gym buddy, I'll also miss our coffee sessions laden in juicy gossip. The way we talked to each other was never normal, and on-lookers would often glare wondering what on Earth was so funny. But it's only because she's one of the few people I can tell EVERYTHING to. I usually just say what's on my mind, not to be blunt or rude, but because I can't help it and feel as if I would explode if I didn't say it. I'm open about subjects of all sorts and never get embarrassed easily. Wisam is more respectable and reserved with the coolest chilled out edge. It's been a great learning curve to pick up important qualities from each other.

The support I've received from her is incredible too. See, I have this dream of becoming a presenter and at times that seems so far-fetched and impossible. Even when I hint a bit of negativity about my ambition she slaps me back into reality. People at the top took a chance so I have to as well. She's helped me film nearly all of my videos for all the presenting competitions I've entered. Even her parting words a couple days ago were 'don't forget me when you're famous'. Of course, in return I am incredibly supportive of her interior design ambitions- that's the main reason I let her go to Dubai, where there will be endless job opportunities for her. Dubai was good to me when I lived there 10 years ago, so I know she's in good hands. I wish nothing but the best of luck and of course we'll see each other regularly!


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