I hate goodbyes.
It’s always extremely difficult to let go of people, places and things that we know and love. Life unfortunately does not always give us the luxury of holding on to what is near and dear to us. This is when goodbyes become inevitable.
Growing up, I had a childhood best friend who moved to a different city. I never got to say goodbye. I never got to share that final moment. I still feel like that is unfinished business. Good friendships are rare and hard to come by.
Sometimes life goes by so fast, our life plans and careers sometimes take us very far from the ones we love. Yet I am unable to say goodbye. I will not say goodbye. I choose instead to take stock of the time I have had with my loved ones, so that we can both carry these memories wherever life takes us.
This is my way of taking stock – starting today I will appreciate all the people who have built me up over the years. I will take the time to let them know that the nuggets of wisdom they have imparted in me have made me a better person. I will remind them how their tears comforted me when I was down, and how their laughter healed my soul. I will tell them that even when physical distance separates us, I will make every effort to keep our relationship alive. I will let them know that if they leave this world before me, I will honor their legacy by enriching another life as much as they have enriched mine.
From this day forth, as I leave my loved ones, I will share a hug and a smile, letting them know that they make my life brighter and fuller.
Life is full of many small miracles, having friends and loved ones is one of these.