Reflections on a life well travelled

Sunila Sarathchandra reminisces about life and friendship

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As we get older, it’s natural to reflect back on your life. And the older we get, the more there is to reflect on.

Because we are spending so much time indoors and alone these days, I have been doing lots of reminiscing. I have so many memories, some happy, some not so happy, after all, that is the nature of life. And it is the memories of my family and friends that I cherish the most.

Sarath, Charith and I have been fortunate to travel the world. As you know, I love to chat and meet people. Maybe I like to chat a bit too much! I have made friends in every corner of the globe. I think that’s one of the best things about Sri Lankans, we just want to befriend the world. That’s why everyone loves us. Sri Lankans have bad things to say about each other, but nobody has anything bad to say about Sri Lankans! Charith said to me the other day that we should both apply for the Race Across the World tv show! I said I am too old for that now!

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I’ve had too many lovely holidays to mention, and some of the loveliest have been with you guys. It’s so rare for friendships to last as long as ours. And when they do last this long, friendships turn into family. I’m so lucky to have such a big family. We all are.

I’m also really lucky to have Sarath and Charith and that we are so close. A really hard time for us was a few years ago when Charith had a terrible road accident in Florida. I flew straight out to see him on my own, and Sarath flew out as soon as he could, a couple of days after. This was one of the hardest periods in our life, but we got through it thanks to the support of our friends. I really treasure that support. The phone calls, the emails, the visits. And my heart goes out to all my friends who have lost loved ones.

Life is challenging and full of ups and downs. I think it’s important that both the ups and downs are shared with those close to you. That’s what friends and family are for.


Sunila Sarathchandra

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