Goodbyes…

This was not the first time I said goodbye to someone. I have come across a lot of people who came into my life and so many who left for good. Some taught me good lessons and left, others stayed and changed me completely. So along with saying a lot of hellos, all these years I have said many goodbyes as well. But today it was different. This one felt messy. This one left an ache in my heart that only he can fill up again.

The interesting thing about goodbyes is that instead of getting easier by the time, I have realized that every new goodbye does more damage to my heart than the previous one. Maybe that is because every person when leaves, takes with him a little part of us, leaving us more vulnerable than before. So with time we get weaker and it keeps getting more difficult to part ways from the people we love.

However some goodbyes feel right because the happiness to reunite again may not be possible without saying a goodbye. They make you realize how much that person means to you. Other goodbyes have an element of finality which makes them harder. When you know that this is the last time you are going to see that person you thought would stay forever. When you could do anything to make that person stay but nothing works. Such goodbyes drain us. They change us. They leave us incomplete.

Goodbyes teach us a great lesson. A lesson that this world is not forever. That we were not made for this world and that everybody is going to leave sooner or later. But we often forget how temporary this world is allowing ourselves to get attached to the perishable, to get satisfied with the material, instead of holding out for the eternal. That is what makes goodbyes difficult.

So with every hello, there tends to be a goodbye as well. Along with celebrating the beginning, we must prepare ourselves and welcome the end of all things too. For sometimes, knowing that nothing lasts forever is the only way we can learn to fall in love with all the moments and all the people that are meant to take our breath away.

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