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"There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part. So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start." - Shel Silverstein
Why is it that there are no happy endings? Even when we want something to be over, there is a sense of nostalgia that overtakes us.
While I was in college, I kept saying, "Ugh! I can't wait until I'm done and making actual money." Fast forward 8 years, three jobs, two houses, two careers, one marriage, and one baby later and I laugh as I turn to the H and say, "Remember when we were in college, sharing your futon, and using that yoke covered wicker table? Those were the days!"
I have everything I want now: the marriage, the baby, the house, the career - so why do I look back and think, "Those were the days?" I think it boils down to simplicity. As busy as we were, we had no real responsibility. Now, we are grown ups. I never thought I'd ever feel like an actual adult, but now I do.
There are many endings in life: the ending of a job, the ending of a relationship, the ending of an era (that's for you, Jenn). It doesn't have to be the saddest part though. It's all about perspective. While things end, and it's sad, it is also the beginning of something new. So, think of the ending as a "very happy start" and enjoy the "happy middle." Get out of the mentality of looking forward to the next thing or looking back on the past when you have the current thing right in front of you.