How to Say Goodbye

How to Say Goodbye
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We all have to say goodbye to something at some point. 

It’s the circle of life. We say goodbye to our classmates after we graduate high school. We say our goodbyes on our last day at the job. We say our goodbyes to the people we lose in our lifetime. Not only that we say goodbyes to our pets, to our toys, stuffed animals, blankets, rooms, and homes.

Goodbyes are part of life. They’re necessary to keep going and growing up.

There’s a problem that people go through when saying goodbye and that problem is not being able t let it go.

While we all struggling with not letting go of past hurts and pains, we must do so to be able to advance in other areas of our lives.

When saying goodbye to our childhood, it’s a lot harder to part with than it seems. We have a transition period that allows us to say goodbye to the small things. Our rooms, our clothing, our classmates and our toys. All these things eventually must go but they will always be a part of us. They shape us.

Ash Ketchum from Pokemon shaped me to be the very best. My stuffed animals made me compassionate to all living and non-living things. While my room was my sanctuary that made me the creative type that I was. While it seems like I’ve let these things go, I truly haven’t.

These things have led me to love Japan and its culture, art, and design, animals, and family. All these things were developed in my younger years. While I’ve said goodbye to the things I had when I was little I can take the most important part of those things and work them into my goals and life.

It’s part of growing up.

Saying goodbye to our childhood memories is one thing but we must also say goodbye to our family and friends. It’s quite rare to keep the friends we had during our childhood but it is possible to keep a few old friends around. At some point, we all graduate high school and must bid our goodbyes to our fellow classmates. Whether we’re leaving our hometowns behind our just our schools it’s hard to say goodbye to what we once knew and begin a new part of our lives.

We are attached to what we know. We are so attached to that it’s hard to let what we know goodbye. It’s what we’re familiar with and what we know how to do.

But, there’s always the idea of wondering what it would be to leave what we knew behind and try something new.

While something leaves us due to their timing like our pets, we can choose to let things go as well.

When I left my hometown to New York City, I knew I needed to find who I truly was and not what everyone wanted me to be. I had let my hometown go.

At first, it was easy to say goodbye. I was angry. I hated who I was and what I was doing and I think I actually needed to go.

Sometimes you want to say goodbye.

After two years, I continue to visit my hometown. Every time I leave, every time I’m going to say goodbye- I dread it. I miss my family,

Each and every time I say goodbye to my nieces, my mother, my father, my siblings, and my friends I keep in mind one thing. That one thing is that I will return.

When I say my final goodbyes to my pets, I know that I will see them again in Heaven.

I know I will return to my hometown. I will always keep in touch with the ones I love. I will see them again. I will find a way too and I will never take them for granted.

When I really think about it, I’m not saying goodbye. I’m saying see you later.

There are no goodbyes. Absolutely not.

じゃあまたね

See you later.

Yessenia Diaz has a background in graphic and web design but is also intrigued by writing and teaching. Yessenia created Tru.Works as an outlet for all her talents and continues collecting stories from around the world to share with people all across the interweb. Follow Yessenia on Instagram and her favorite, Twitter, @ythegreatdiaz.

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