It has been more than 10 years since Bevan and I had seen each other. We taught English together at a training centre in Shanghai, part of a fun and varied group of expat teachers, teaching predominantly students and adults who wanted to study abroad. Bevan and I wrote a textbook together and taught the course. We were in China right when SARS hit, a momentous time when soap suddenly appeared in public washrooms, and spitting was deemed unhygienic.
Bevan returned to his native South Africa after China but ended up in Dubai more than five years ago. He’s got a tight contingent of amazing friends here, runs a successful immigration services company and lives in a villa with a cool outdoor kitchen. We kept our close friendship throughout the years, always hoping that we would be able to see each other again one day. Ten years later, with a touch of gray at the temples and the same wonderful soul, Bevan welcomes me with a huge hug and we giggle at the fact that we made this happen.
TIP: Watch for opportunities and make things happen for yourself. I have always felt the biggest regrets in life are a result of NOT doing something.
Published journalist, world traveller, big thinker, fun haver