Goodbyes Aren’t Forever (But This One Still Feels Like It Is)

I always try to be honest on this blog, especially when something touches me emotionally, so here goes.

I had to say goodbye to a longtime colleague today. Things are changing at work and well he was nearing retirement so it was a logical decision. I accept it.

But just because I accept it doesn’t mean it won’t hurt as much. Everyone says your coworkers are just that. You work in the same office.

When I think about it though, I’ve worked with this man for 6 years. We knew the ins and outs of each others lives. We finished each other’s sentences and knew what the other was thinking before they even said it. We were a great team. And when I did the math, those 6 years came out to be 1,500 days, or 12,000 hours.

That’s probably more time spent with him than my own family.

So no. He wasn’t just someone I worked with. If that makes me less of an ideal employee, then I’m ok with that. Because at least I know I have a heart.

2 thoughts on “Goodbyes Aren’t Forever (But This One Still Feels Like It Is)”

  1. 6 years is a long time, and your work seems very tight knit & collegial. Hopefully you can stay in touch but I know that isn’t 100% the same as having that day to day time to connect.

  2. You definitely have a heart, and that’s a good thing! I feel sad, but I know you must feel more so, having known him for so long.

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