You Owe It To Yourself To Learn To Say Goodbye

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You need to learn to say goodbye.

On the phone, in texts, and in real life. It is so easy to overlook goodbyes when we live in a world full of easily-accessed hellos. With the way that we are always connected to one another through our phones and other electronic devices, some of us just don’t even bother saying goodbye at the end of the conversation, because we have this false sense of security of carrying our loved ones around in our pockets with us throughout the day. With just one simple tap of the screen, and we can see them, or hear their voices. I mean, why say goodbye when they never really leave us, right?

It is so easy to take this life for granted; To get caught up in the rush of it all and forget to be grateful for this current moment, and the people who make getting out of bed in the morning worth it. With breathing being an involuntary function of the human body, it is easy to feel entitled to that next breath. It is easy to forget that next breath, that next sunrise, that next cup of coffee, hug, or phone call is not guaranteed.

Life is absolutely unpredictable, but Death? Death is an unmerciful bastard. Death does not care how awful the timing, or how big and beautiful the heart it just claimed in its cold, silencing hands. Death doesn’t give a damn about closure, or the significance of the goodbyes that were left unsaid. Death is an uncompassionate soldier, with an order to follow and a daily quota to meet. Death waits for no one, and makes no apologies, for it is only doing its job and taking care of business.

Death does not believe in goodbyes. That is the very reason why you should.

Learn to say goodbye.

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