Wednesday, June 29, 2016


"The pain will wash away. The healing will commence." This line is spoken by Bob Hoskin's character in the film, Felicia's Journey. I'm thinking about the ending of this film, which I won't give away. All I will say is that the ending is perfect because it beautifully captures the mercurial nature of life. Random events, strangers who enter our lives, and the slightest shifting of the sands of fate determine our outcomes.  

Last night 41 people lost their lives because of suicide bombers at the Ataturk Airport here in Istanbul. I was getting ready to go to the airport when I heard the news. If I had stuck to my original plan of taking the metro to to the airport and spending the night to save money, I would have been there when the bombs went off. Luckily, a colleague agreed to share a taxi with me and split the cost. 

My flight has been rescheduled for Saturday. Like Felicia, I was lucky thanks to felicitous circumstances.  

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