“It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest thing in the world.” - John Green -Paper Towns
Here's this week's final episode on YouTube. We wrap up the snippets of Isasnora so you, the reader, can read the rest of the tale for yourself during this summer.
This blog will change, too! I will not be publishing an article a week, but once a month until Isasnora and the Royal Orb of Peace is published. I also have other books, screenplays, and plays simmering on my computer I will incorporate into this blog.
What is it that you, the reader, would find interesting or beneficial in your life?
Do you have questions about friendships? Do you have questions about writing? I'm not an expert, but I have a tiny bit of wisdom that I could share.
I also love to cook. If you want some recipes, let me know. If you want me to share your recipe, send me the recipe. I'll try it out, and if I like it, I'll share.
Saying goodbye to this portion of Isasnora Snores feels a little sad. Every Monday morning I excitedly jumped out of bed because I knew I had to produce the show. I pulled out the editing software and pulled together the actors' voices and sound effects. I tweaked the script and narration until they felt right. I even played Humple Dumple! That transported me back my childhood when I used to record silly voices. I once played Zorro, the Bullfighter!
After this week, I'll resume my regular writing and editing schedule - all good, but not nearly as exciting as producing a YouTube video. I'm not saying goodbye to YouTube, but I'm setting it aside for a bit.
Goodbyes are bridges to something or someplace different.
Goodbyes signify change in our lives. Goodbyes can be traumatic, like a parent leaving a toddler with a babysitter or the death of a loved one. Goodbyes can also be positive, like leaving a terrible job or graduating from college.
My first major goodbye happened the summer before 4th Grade. My best friend, Mary, was moving with her family to Iowa. Mary and I did almost everything together, and at that age, her leaving was like having my favorite toy taken away. We wrote to each other for a while, but then we stopped. It was so long ago, but it is still a sad memory.
Some people get stuck in the middle of goodbyes as if they are walking in Superglue, and it hardens before they move forward. Part of that is, I believe, because they have not dealt with the change. They ignore the sad feelings or worse, think they should not have those feelings. They tuck them under their emotional bed until they get covered with grimy dust bunnies that take over the bedroom.
It is okay to feel blue or even a little nervous when you leave one part of your life behind to begin a new part. In many new phases of your life you'll meet people who can help you adjust. If they are not around, there are other people who might be helpful (unless they tell you to get over it). Seek them - your parents, friends, teachers, grandparents, guardians, foster parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, sisters and brothers, a church pastor or youth minister, camp counselor, a school counselor, a neighbor you trust, or even a funeral director (if death is involved). Write a journal. See a professional therapist. It might feel awkward, but do you want those dust balls running your life?
Once you have dealt with your feelings, you can embrace the change as a positive in your life - even if you have to move from your friends and school. It's an opportunity to try new things and expand your talents. It's not easy, but hopeful and positive attitudes are the cartilage and synovial fluid that protect your emotional joints (see: Anatomy of a Joint: Stanford Children's Health for explanation). Keep them around!
Goodbye for now. Don't be sad (and don't be too happy, either). I'll be back. Email if you have suggestions or questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading.
Have a great weekend.