A lesson in loss

What does it mean to lose something?

First, there is the temporary loss.

A friend leaves you briefly.

A frat boy loses his dignity as he streaks across the crowded quad.

Hoots and catcalls will follow him as he passes.

They will continue to follow him into therapy sessions as he deals with his low self-esteem at the age of 34.

Then there is the loss that is semi permanent.

You have a falling out with a friend.

A lover leaves you in search of Nirvana or the ever elusive collectible, mint condition, first edition of Batman.

Semi-permanent. They may always return.

But don’t hold your breathe.

Finally, we have permanent loss.

Death can cause this.

It steals from every being during their lifetime.

We all lose someones, at some point, for some reason.

That loss is irreversible.

You cannot apologize to death.

You cannot appease the Grim Reaper with Poland.

You must accept that you have been stripped, robbed, reluctantly relieved of a presence you cherished.

Yes, death can cause permanent loss.

But so can a confession.

Words have the power to drive people away, just as they can bring them closer.

In the wise words of Mr. Michael Jackson.

People Always Told Me Be Careful Of What You Do
And Don’t Go Around Breaking Young Girls’ Hearts”

Truly words of wisdom.

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