Family & Friends

The Art of Beginning and Ending

To make an end is to make a beginning. T.S. Eliot said that.

Goodbyes aren’t always pleasant. A few weeks ago, I had to say goodbye to some old friends, and these old friends are ones I don’t know that I’ll see again, because of that thing called life that happens, and people move on, and people are busy, and some people are only with you for a season, and then they’re off, and that’s okay. But I will always remember them and the moments we carried together.

Other goodbyes are sad, but there’s something in them that’s joyful, because you know it won’t be the last meeting. A few weeks ago, I said goodbye to my family as I made my way back down to Sydney after the Christmas break. But I know I’ll be seeing them in only a few short weeks.

Sometimes when you say goodbye you hope you won’t see the person again. Sometimes when you say goodbye you wish they would turn around and tell you to stay. I’ve had both of these goodbyes, and the feelings afterwards were completely different. Some goodbyes pick you up, while others drag you down.

Endings and goodbyes are similar. Sometimes they’re the same thing, but not always. Some goodbyes result in a simple ‘hello’ the next day, while endings usually involve us finishing the chapter, closing the book, and saying ‘hello’ to a beginning. An ending can’t come back, but a goodbye can.

In December, I had to walk away from someone. In the moment I turned away, I knew that it wasn’t only a goodbye, but an ending as well. Sometimes it’s like that.

Endings are good, because without them, we wouldn’t have beginnings.

I don’t usually like endings, because it means it’s over, and sometimes when something is coming to an end, you don’t know what’s going to happen next. But I’ve grown rather fond of endings, because I see the potential in them. I see the growing opportunity, I see the character development in it for me. And they’re still not all pleasant, but I urge you to see the potential in your goodbyes, in your endings. It won’t necessarily make it easier, but it’ll make the beginning sweeter, and much, much more fun.

Goodbye until tomorrow’s hello,

Sarah xx

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