What Goodbye Hasn’t Taught Me (And What It Has)

This is taken from a writing exercise that I completed at the Young Writer’s Workshop at Messiah College. Registration for this year’s workshop is currently open! Click here to learn more. If you would like to support the scholarship fund for this workshop, please consider purchasing a copy of The Young Writer’s Workshop Journal: Messiah College 2019. It features works by myself and my friends from last year’s workshop, and a purchase helps other writers have the opportunity to go to the workshop! Click here to get a copy.

Goodbye Hasn’t Taught Me…

  • What staying in one place for more than three years feels like.
  • How to leave or be left without pain or tears.
  • Why some goodbyes don’t feel like goodbye.
  • That goodbye gets easier as time ticks away.
  • That home is a place.
  • Where I’m “from.”
  • How to forget.

Goodbye Has Taught Me…

  • How to leave a place you love for a place you know only by name.
  • Home is people, not a place.
  • That leaving or being left by people is a thousand times worse than leaving a place. 
  • Why savoring every moment is important.
  • To look on the bright side.
  • That watching your home fade into nothing is as painful as watching a part of yourself slip away.
  • To remember that not all goodbyes are sad ones. 
  • Goodbye doesn’t always mean the end. Sometimes, it means once upon a time…

What has (or hasn’t) goodbye taught you?

5 thoughts on “What Goodbye Hasn’t Taught Me (And What It Has)

  1. I’ve never moved beyond the general area I was born in, so I’ve never experienced this, but the way you’ve put it made me feel it. And “To remember that not all goodbyes are sad ones” – that might just be me, but it put me in mind of the Grey Havens scene at the end of Return of the King?

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    1. One of the greatest bits of praise a writer can get is to hear that their words made someone feel something. Thank you, and I am glad that you liked this piece. ❤ Now that you mention it, that part does remind me of the Grey havens scene too. That's a very emotional goodbye scene in fiction and in film.

      Again, thank you for your kind comment! ❤

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