Melancholy and nostalgia: hence why it qualifies as ‘blue’.
No matter how wonderful or terrible a book may be, reaching the last page always brings with it a touch of sadness. Like a fading relationship, or a turning point in one’s life, we are sad to see things come to an end. Even if we are ready to start anew, leaving the past behind can bring a sense of melancholy to anyone.
But what we fail to realize is that, whether painful or heartwarming, we carry our memories with us forever. Nothing ever truly ends as long as it lives on inside us.
It is hard to move forward when the grip of the past holds you in place, leaving you stagnant and depressed. And with your head constantly over your shoulder, admiring what once was, you miss all the joy and wonder that lies ahead. Of course, no one said it was easy. There will be peaks and valleys in your climb ahead, but the view is what you make it.
We all have the power, no matter what the obstacle, to make our future the bright one our parents always told us about, even at the most difficult and trying times of our lives. Sometimes the only way to achieve our dreams is to go to extremes; go out on a limb. Maybe that limb will snap and you’ll come crashing back to the ground, only to have to climb back up again. And maybe – just maybe – that branch won’t snap. Maybe it will provide the support you need to reach your goals.
There’s a time to hold on, and there’s a time to let go. There’s a time to fight for what you’ve got, and there’s a time to move on. There’s a time to treasure what you had in the past, and there’s a time to look ahead to what the future may hold.
Like the lyrics from a Billy Joel song, “The good ol’ days weren’t always good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.” So look ahead and enjoy what tomorrow has to bring, learn from the past and carry the fond memories with you on every journey you embark upon. And even when challenges and hopelessness block your way, “keeping the faith” you have in yourself will surely pull you through.