Departures Dread

Departures Dread

Luton : United Kingdom | Apr 04, 2011 at 9:20 PM PDT
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Departures are no doubt too hard for they pull out your soul and drench it in grief....the grief of being away from your loved one(s). A voice in my head asks me “Why exactly do we meet when we have to depart?” We meet to realise how good and how pure some people in this world are, and I guess we depart to realise how bitter and harsh the world can be, without the former. Departure has different feelings embedded in it, for it overwhelms one’s soul with anguish and longing-the longing for togetherness. Departures are, indeed, very good teachers, for they teach how to walk on your way yourself..... Yes, yourself!! “Yourself” in this context is a big word, because it includes only the soul itself, excluding all other well-wishers, siblings, relatives and most of all your parents. Departures induce the feeling of excelling in life in your very own way, although every step going forward has a heavy heart behind it. They indeed teach one how to take the bull by the horns!

People who are departing from their loved ones usually have a different chemistry going on in every part of their body. It sounds weird but still not that extra-terrestrial. The body experiences an amalgamation of negative and positive energies. The cerebrum in the mind refreshes all past memories and the neurons rush to the eyes, triggering the tear hormones. The impulses rush to the mouth, with the voice box craving to utter as many words as it can, but the tongue refuses to verbalise them, since it feels too glum. (Really we feel like saying everything to our departing ones, but find ourselves short of words!!!). Down in the chest, the red organ-the feeling factory in my words experiences a tremendous increase in the diastolic and systolic contractions, for the flow of blood gets affected too, that is why different people behave in their own unique ways at times of departure.

Parting is all we know of heaven and all we need to know of hell. ~Emily Dickinson

I think God invented the concept of departure to let humans realise the worth of any thing, person or place. For we, humans, experience departure from cradle to grave. For a baby a departure can be of a caring nanny, or the departure of his mother leaving him at school on the first day, for a kid, departure can be the last episode of a favourite cartoon sequel, for they won’t watch those cartoon characters ever again. For teenagers, departure is saying goodbye to wayward attitudes (that’s one of the toughest tasks, some people grow old doing thatJ). For young people, departure can be a vast term, from being departed from high school to meeting your high-school sweetheart the last timeL . For elderly people, departure can be the moving out of kids who think they are big enough to live without parents, the departure of their siblings, getting married in remote parts of the world, where they’re not going to see each other for ages. For old people, departure is the hardest, since they experience sudden rush of adrenaline very often.

In short, departure is an evil draped in a cloak of sorrow, carrying tons of frowns in its pockets, but...... once the tornado of departure has wrecked the heart temporarily, it teaches the human race how to face the world, outer and inner both!!!

dreamydorothy is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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