Last days tend to be bittersweet. Saying goodbye to people you’ve known either for years, months or weeks while also looking forward to new starts. Packing up things with the knowledge of leaving; a memory attached to most. Having a farewell, either understated or huge. Leaving a mark behind.
I have left a few jobs in my ten years of working full time. They have all been different. Some have been harder than others. There were tears when I left my first permanent job after two years as I was leaving not because I disliked the work but rather, because I wanted a full time position and further my learning. So when there was a lovely speech thanking me for my contribution and a bouquet of flowers, I burst into tears.
It got easier leaving the next couple of jobs and then, I stayed in one for almost six years. By far, that was the hardest to leave. Colleagues had become friends. They weren’t just people I shared an office space with but rather, friends who had seen me end a relationship, go through the ups and downs of dating, start a new relationship, experience burnout and bounce back, and of course, supported me through the days of seeing complex clients. While I may not have burst into tears, I did shed silent ones as I left.
More recently, I left a job I had only been in for a short time. There wasn’t a sense of sadness at leaving the colleagues, who although were fantastic, I still hadn’t gotten to know very well. But the wistfulness of what could have been, remained.
As I think it always does.
When one journey ends, there is always a new one. But no one knows what that new journey is going to be like. We hope it will be good. But there are times – and I’ve experienced it twice – it is not.
Then we think in hindsight, how different things could have been, if we’d never said goodbye in the first place.
Life always does look better in hindsight.
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