December 31, 2010

As I Say Goodbye

My friends Jing, Beda, Lyn and (most especially) Jenny have been very worried why I am sad for the past four days now. Though I'm smiling, they say my eyes do not have the joyful spirit that I always have. My husband said, "you're having the year-end blues". And I guess so too!
Year 2010 was a very good year for me. I have met a lot of wonderful people and have even worked/made projects with them. So, probably the sadness comes from saying goodbye to a fruitful year.

Saying goodbyes can be extremely difficult for some (which includes me!). Some will become depressed, moody and irritable and it may take a few days or weeks to get our bearings. Then there are those people who easily get hold of their emotions, so they don't experience separation anxiety (how I wish I can be one of them!)

There are many forms of goodbyes. Goodbye to co-workers that we've grown to love like a family (I'm done and over this, last resigned from work 2003). It happens in families sometimes when someone might move to another country. I honestly find this the easiest goodbye. I remember in the 80's when my father has to live and work abroad. It was difficult! No FB, no Twitter, no YM, etc. We had to wait for weeks for the letter or cassette tape to arrive.

Then there are those people who enter and exit our lives right when we have become quite fond of. Suddenly realizing that your fondness for each has to come to an end. For practical and righteous reasons, we say goodbye to them.

Experiencing the death of family or friends is the hardest and the recovery time will be longer (I lost my mother in 1993). You remember every detail. The way she combs your hair, the way she calls you when she's mad (my mom used to call me JOSEPHINE, when I tend not to follow her orders and rules), the way she says, ingat...uwi ng maaga...wag na maglakwatsa...

How to say Goodbye in different languages:

Italian: Formal goodbye = 'Arrivederci'Informal goodbye = 'Ciao' Alternative ways = 'A presto' which means 'See you later'

Japanese: Kanji for Goodbye in Japanese and phonetic pronunciation of Goodbye in Japanese. Pronunciation: Sore dewa. (SOH-reh deh-wah)

Arabic: Goodbye (person leaving): ma'a salama
Goodbye (person staying): alla ysalmak

French: Au revoir
Thai: La gon

Swedish: hej !, återseende hej ! adjö (avskedsfras)

German: Lebewohl; Auf Wiedersehen Lebewohl! Auf Wiedersehen! (Abschiedsruf)
Portuguese: adeus, palavra de despedida, tchau adeus ! até logo !

8 comments:

  1. HAPPY NEW YEAR JOY!!! MISS U A LOT HOPE YOU HAVE A BLESSED NEW YEAR WITH YOUR FAMILY LOVE U MWAAH

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  2. Thank you Star! I missed you too...

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  3. Happy New Year Joy! more happiness & blessings to you and your family :)

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  4. Happy New Year too Cza! Don't forget to call me for Sky's 7th birthday...I'll drop all other projects in favor of Sky's party.

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  6. Ohh.. saying goodbye is indeed very hard, but sometimes, we don't have a choice. Whether we like it or not, some things should pass. Anyway, hope for the best this coming 2011. Happy New Year Joy! :D

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  7. happy new year ate joy! :) may God bless you and your family always! :)

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  8. We say goodbye to our past & sad experiences,let the past year take them all away, as we say hello to a stronger and more blessed friendship! Hello again, amigas! Thank u my friend Joy, for including us in your blog, we appreciate it so much and all the efforts, love and care you're sharing! love you fren!

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Thank you for the joyful comments!