Are you sad when it ends?

When you reach the end of a task that you have chosen to do, what are your feelings? Do you jump for joy because it is over? Or do you feel a twinge of sadness and perhaps shed a few tears?

There was a time that I loved to dance. When reverence came at the end of ballet class I was deeply saddened. Yes I felt fulfilled at all I had learned and accomplished during the class or the nearly 7 hour day of dance and rehearsals, but I was sad it was over. I never wanted it to end.

And then one day I did. I can’t pinpoint the time or the place it happened, but one day I stopped feeling the sadness that it was over for the day and instead began celebrating the end. I watched the clock counting down the minutes until it was time to complete my last turn or jump so I could curtsy, clap, thank the instructor, and get the heck out of my ballet shoes, leotard and tights.

When we stop wanting it to never end, and start jumping for joy because it’s over, we should stop doing it. It took me years to just stop trying to dance again. But now that I have I found that thing that makes me sad when it ends again. I am not one of the many students that looks towards break all semester long. Yes I am thankful for this break to rest my mind and body, but I miss school. And when I turned in my last final last week I can honestly say I was sad. Sad the semester had come to an end. I was sad that studying would be put on hold for a month, and I would not be sitting in my metabolic lecture Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

We all have something we hold dear to our hearts. A passion that comes from within. Dance and other art forms are a great example because you always hear about the passion artists have for their talent. How they feel like they cannot live without it. How they would do anything to dance, sing, paint, ect. But that passion is not limited to the dancers and the artists and the singers. That passion is in all of us in some shape or form. Mine is school. I have a passion for learning and helping others to learn the material I hold so close to my heart. For some it is running, walking, their job… It can be anything!

So ask yourself, do you love what you are doing? Are you sad when it’s over? Or are you like I became with dance, always looking towards the final curtain call because it means it’s over and you are happy to see the end. Seeing the end in sight is great, it gives you a goal, but when you get there I hope you are like me and want the finish line suddenly disappear so that it just never ends.


12 thoughts on “Are you sad when it ends?

  1. I like this a lot. I’m one of those people that’s always rushing through things. But then I’m sad when its over and I regret rush in the first place. Maybe I should learn to slow down and enjoy them so I won’t miss them when they’re gone!

    • deff try to slow down girl! especially if you miss it when its done! I have some experiences that I was just happy it was over. Now I see I should have never done the thing in the first place but was forcing myself to do them because I thought I was supposed to. Don’t rush life, it is too short as it is

  2. I LOVE THIS! For me, it is school. I have my Masters in Counseling and am loving every chance I get to help others move past their disordered days and enjoy living in freedom again. I love my non profit organization and am passionate about it. I am always thinking of new ideas to incorporate and always thinking about the amazing men and women who contact BE ME and become BE ME Buddies.
    So happy you found a passion : )

  3. I adore this post. I think I am still trying to find what I have that passion for, the thing I hate when it ends. I can say I go through ebs and flows with many of these but it is tough to pinpoint one. I think it is awesome that school does this for you

  4. Very very well written love. Seriously, wow, I love this post for so many reasons and couldn’t agree more. I think it’s wonderful that you’re passionate about school…I was very similar. I think I feel this way about writing and running; it used to be skating…not anymore. And I still have rough days with both running and writing, where i don’t want to necessarily do them…but i always return after a day or two, happy to be at them again. I’m glad you found yours and can’t wait to see what you do with it 🙂

    • Thank you lovely! I think it is totally normal to need a break and when you can tell yourself you need a break that is even better! I certainly can’t study all of the time and take breaks (like today) but if you are happy to get back at them then that when you know you are truly passionate

  5. I LOVE THIS!!!! like your last post, I relate so much. I love that you’re passionate about school – few people can truly say that, but doesn’t it make the college years better when you get excited about what your learning? And in turn, the kids you tutor are going to gain a MUCH greater appreciation for the material. It’d be so cool if I ended up at Tech and got to work with you in the lab or something – I have a feeling you’re one of those people that makes schoolwork and labwork FUN. And I think it’s also important to have many things in life that you feel that way about – this post actually got me thinking, what is it for me? Definitely running yes, but I also remember feeling that about certain biology classes (developmental genetics, zoology, animal behavior, conservation bio), and DEFINITELY about my internship and colorado – I don’t want to leave!! And even about cycling – I didn’t bring my bike home for the break, and I honestly didn’t think I’d care….but it’s been 24 hours and I’m going through withdrawal haha. ANyway. Thank you for this & for making me (and probably everyone else reading this) think a little harder about what makes me tick 🙂

    • Kate, THANK YOU! I am so glad you got so much from my words. And I am glad you can pick not one but quite a few things that make you tick. I am happy to hear one of those things is Colorado! that makes the move from home so much easier. I know for me personally if I didn’t love TECH going back after breaks would be awful, but I am always sad to leave and happy to get back to what has become my home. Who are you looking to work with at Tech?

  6. This is such a beautiful post! Your passion about school is truly amazing. It really takes me back to my college days 🙂 I loved school as well and I still miss it to this day – the heavy books, smell of notebooks, pens and pencils, sleepy classes – UGH take me back! You are incredibly lucky to have found a subject that stirs such a passion within. Many search for these feelings without luck. Merry Christmas, love, hope you had a wonderful day 🙂

    • I love hearing other people’s love of school too. It makes me never want to end even more hearing how you and others miss it! Merry Christmas! I hope your day was filled with love and joy

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