There is one question we’ve repeatedly been asked after people have heard about our plans to move and start building a new home: “Does it feel sad to leave your old apartment behind, after you have spent so much time and effort on completely transforming it during the five strenuous years of renovation?”
It is a very good question. It is not only the renovation part but this place has also been our playground for the past eight years. It is here we lived when we come to be a family of five, this is the first home our children will remember. This is where Pekka become a nine-fingered man, and where we got married. So many stories and memories that yes, leaving will be somewhat bittersweet, to say the least.
But then again, everything has a life cycle. We have had the honor of sharing a piece of our journey with this beautiful apartment. We met, coexisted for a while eventually to part again to find new adventures. We will always carry the memories and stories with us, and those will for sure make us smile. But the journey continues, and new adventures are waiting, both for us, and the apartment.
Which leads to the final piece to what lessens the sadness of the approaching departure: we could not imagine more passionate and caring new owners to accompany this apartment for its continuous journey. They share our appreciation to the character of the apartment, and will for sure transform it, once again, in a very appreciative way. Going into the selling process we did not even realise how important this aspect would be for us, but now when everything went as it did, we could not be happier that it is a family like theirs, which will soon be moving in.
So, the simple answer is no. Leaving will trigger many emotions, but one of them will not be sadness. It is time to move on, we are ready to continue the journey. We will not cry because it is over. Instead, we’ll smile because it happened.