Don't Wait Until It's Too Late to Say Goodbye

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late to Say Goodbye
Raquel Aldana

Written and verified by the psychologist Raquel Aldana.

Last update: 28 July, 2022

Tomorrow may be too late to ask for forgiveness, too late to try, too late to believe, too late to give a hug, too late to say “I love you,” too late for an “I miss you” that will now last forever…

And this is terrible, more than anything because we don’t give life its due importance when our hearts are still fresh and naive. But tomorrow someone around you might send their last message or say their last words, without even knowing it. And it could also be you.

Now think about what your last message was, your last words or last hug. You might want it to be something exciting, that sincerely shows and expresses all of the love that bonds us to this world.

But the truth is that it’s impossible to know when we’ll take our last breath, when our last laugh will be or when the last few tears will fall from our eyes.

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Either way, don’t let it catch you off guard

Whichever the case, I hope you’ve got your affairs in order so that the moment of goodbye won’t catch you off guard.

Because that old saying “it’s never too late,” almost always arrives too soon. And when that happens, it hurts. But, though it always hurts, having enjoyed your time next to the people you love helps us not add regret to the pain.

Not being able to say goodbye scares us, completely terrifies us. Because since our lives begin, we know that it will one day come to an end, and yet, we stop getting excited, stop doing what we’re passionate about and hugging the people we love all too easily.

But it happens, everyone has to say goodbye one way or another. And when this happens, saying goodbye is even more painful if we wasted our time. If we’ve held back our words and forgotten all about kisses, good mornings and hugs.

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Don’t say goodbye without a long hug and lovely words of farewell

If there’s something life doesn’t prepare you for, it’s death. We only know how to breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. Our body doesn’t know how to drown. Because doing so would mean to leave our heart empty and that’s incompatible with life, and above all, with our right to a farewell.

So don’t forget to tell the people you love that you love them as if it was the first time, because it might be the last. Don’t complain so much and enjoy a bit more of life’s defects, with its simplicity and pride.

Inhale all the oxygen you can. Sigh often, smile at children, forget your pride and live as if there was nothing better to do than what you’re doing in every single moment.

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But, if that’s the case, at least you let the world know that you were loving in life thanks to all of those individuals you hugged, took care of and loved on a daily basis.

Are we terrified of dying? Of course. But we’re even more scared of dying without having enjoyed, loved or fought to be better people. And we have to remind ourselves of this every single day. But especially on days that infuriate us or cloud over our dreams.

We must always remind ourselves that life is simply great. That it’s beautiful even though it has it’s downs . That being with the ones we love deserves a smile or two, not anguish or complaints.

That’s why, don’t wait until it’s too late to be with the people you love, live as if you were going to die today and learn as if you were going to live forever. Remember that the only thing that matters is today, because tomorrow may not exist.

This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.