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 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