According to David Sedaris, lebensabschnittspartner translates to “the person I am with today”. I find this word bittersweet, especially right now.
I am moving from Ello Vermont to Ello Colorado on Saturday.
This sentence is where I want to express how much I am going to miss my Vermont coworkers. It feels artificial to broadcast those feelings online though so instead let’s just keep moving along here. Come on, let’s go, stop lallygagging dammit and focus.
Why would anyone in their right mind leave behind a place where they feel comfort, support, and belonging?
On Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, “belonging” ranks right after “safety”. So basically, the next most severe threat to your well-being after having your arm ripped off by a tiger (photo reference, high five) is not feeling like you belong.
And yet humans pick up and move like it’s no big deal.
Neglectful or courageous? Who knows. But sometimes you just have to have an adventure. There’s too much to experience in life.
“Lebensabschnittspartner” is very blunt about that reality. The word itself implies that the person you’re with today won’t be the person you’re with tomorrow.
You can still care deeply for your lebensabschnittspartners.
Tomorrow you will have different lebensabschnittspartners, and so will they. That doesn't diminish today at all.