Saturday, December 31, 2005
Goodbye 2005/Hello 2006
You say yes
I say no
You say stop
And I say go go go
Oh no you say goodbye
And I say hello
I don't know why
You say goodbye
I say hello
Instead of asking you if the glass is half full or half empty I'm going to ask if you are a hello or a goodbye. Is someone just preparing to enter that door up there or have they just left? Or should I have posted a picture of a revolving door so you can do both at the same time?
I have to say I hate goodbyes. I hate for good times to end. I hate to part from people I enjoy or love. I think I had too many unpleasant goodbyes as a kid. There were too many unexpected and permanent goodbyes that didn't make sense. I'm grown-up enough to know goodbyes are a part of life, and I can deal with it. I still don't like them but I try to let them be natural and pleasant at least. Let's make it as painless as possible.
An abrubt or harsh goodbye is really hard to take. I try to avoid those at all cost. I am compelled to tell the people closest to me 'I love you' whenever they have to leave because God-forbid the worst happens and they don't come back. I want those 3 words to be the last ones they heard from me.
For me, it seems like 2005 had more than its fair share of both hellos and goodbyes. I had a cherished friend die, another withdrew due to substance abuse, and a final one simply told me 'It's been real. I don't wanna do this anymore. Bye.' That last one left me reeling. I never saw it coming. I don't understand it and since this person slammed and locked the door I have to sort of muddle through figuring it out on my own. The other two I saw coming and I at least had time to prepare myself. At the close of 2005, I'd like to bid adieu to the sadness of those goodbyes.
2005 had some really great hellos to it too. Some were first time introductions. Others were a chance to move a little deeper into previous acquaintances. I've been so blessed and encouraged, entertained and delighted by some of these hellos. Since I started blogging this year, a lot of the hellos have been right here. It never ceases to amaze me the way people open a door into their lives here in the blogpshere. I learn so much from so many of you. I love the way some of you make me laugh. I cry with some of you. I enjoy all those folks over on my blogroll as well as others I haven't added yet.
As we say hello to 2006 I want to say thanks to everyone over on the sidebar. Thanks for the open door. Tell me, what are you saying goodbye to in 2005? What are you saying hello to in 2006? I also want to invite anyone who lurks around but has never said hello to take this chance. I'd like to greet you if you come around from time to time. So just give me a little 'Howdy' in the comments and let me say 'Hello.'