First, I thought I would write ‘How to Make the Task Easier’, however, I realized that isn’t possible. Saying goodbye to loved ones could never be easy. It is always going to be difficult to stay away for months at a time. The only tips I can share are on how to make the task of saying “goodbye” on the day of departure easier.
1. Don’t think too much about it.
The time together with your loved ones is already limited, don’t spend it feeling sad and depressed. Rather think of it as a special day to show how much you love them.
2. Plan something special for the last day.
On the last day do something interesting and fun, so that the last moments spent together are filled with fun and frolic, not weeping and crying.
3. Write a letter for each day you would be away.
While on holiday at home write a letter for each day that you are going to be away from the family. Take a promise from the family that they would read one letter each day and would write you a reply for each one and save them to give to you on your return. On the next holiday pick these new letters and don’t read until back on the ship.
4. Keep yourself busy.
It’s better to be busy and sit ideal and let the feelings of sadness overcome you. So, keep busy. If possible, take the family and get out of the house for a few hours.
5. Don’t feel too sad for yourself.
Think of what your family and friends feel away from you. Rather than pitying yourself, think of the sacrifices they make. This will make you feel that you aren’t alone. Also, think of the bigger reasons why you are doing this. It usually makes you feel much better about yourself.
As Beyoncé Knowles said, “Thank God I found the GOOD in goodbye”. Look for the good in goodbye and it might not be as difficult as you imagined.