If you never get to understand how hard this is, you are lucky. pic.twitter.com/aK1qgk4MXd — Opeyemi Obembe (@kehers) January 12, 2014 The above tweet summarises

Saying goodbye is always hard

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The above tweet summarises the agony involved in taking a decision to shut down a project that you have invested in. Or a relationship. Or a business. It doesn’t matter what it is, shutting down and/or walking away is never easy.

Two people may be hailed as the perfect couple and for how they so complement one another so well, and yet a few years down the road, they go their separate ways. WebOS was hailed for its revolutionary mobile user interface and multitasking prowess; yet it is history. EverPix is regarded as the world’s best photo startup. Yet, here we see the team say goodbye.

I have no ready, cure-all fixes to the hard knocks that life throws. I have had to shut down or walk away from a few projects in my life. It was painful. It is life. There are always lessons to be learned. But regardless of what led to the decision, saying goodbye is always hard.

As Opeyemi said in the referenced tweet, If you never get to understand how hard it is, you are lucky. You have been spared one of life’s greatest pains. I’m dedicating “This Love” by Maroon 5 to everyone who has ever had to take this hard decision:

This love has taken its toll on me
She said Goodbye too many times before
And her heart is breaking in front of me
I have no choice cause I won’t say goodbye anymore

One comment

  1. The Mexicans have a way of catching a monkey. They call it the Paw in the Bottle. It is the inability to let go that keeps one down. Or, trapped in an inauspicious situation.

    Mo’ja mo’sa ni’ yi ode (Hunter)

    We all need to know when to hold on, and when to let go (without regrets). When to confront, and when to run, like the astute Hunter.

    A failure is someone that has never failed, because he has never ever tried. A success is he who never gets dejected for failing. And never gets tired of trying.

    So failing, in relationships, business, whatever, is just part of life. You learn from it, and move on.

    No shame in falling down. The shame is in staying down.

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