You might be confused by this picture. It's supposed to be about something I hate, but I'm smiling. Well, let me explain. This photo was taken the first time I left South Africa for Taiwan. I was so excited at the time that I didn't even think about having to say goodbye to my family and friends. I was just so ready to start my adventure. It was relatively easy to say goodbye, and I got on that plane without a single tear. I remember thinking to myself why people always made such a big deal about saying goodbye at the airport.
Unfortunately, it all went downhill from there. It got harder and harder for me to say goodbye every time I went home. I knew how much I was going to miss them all. I cried more and more with each airport goodbye, and I hated it.
The first time I had to say goodbye to The Boyfriend at the airport was a disaster. We had only been together for four months, and I was heading back to South Africa. We didn't know when we would see each other again, and I was totally overwhelmed with having to say goodbye to the love of my life. The situation would have been better if I wasn't the world's ugliest crier. I didn't have that perfect tear rolling down my face, which he could gently wipe away. Oh no, I was a mess, and not even a hot one. I could hardly speak, tears and snot all over my face and red, bloodshot eyes. It could not have been more horrible. Especially when I had to go through immigration, and the officer looked at my face, very concerned, and asked me if I was okay.
Luckily, we did see each other again. But I can't say that the airport goodbyes have gotten any better. I still cry when I have to say goodbye to him at the airport, even when I know I'll see him in four days. Pathetic? Yes. Avoidable? Nope. I wish I could be less dramatic, but it's uncontrollable.
I really really hate saying goodbye at an airport. Unless I'm going somewhere amazing like Thailand. Which is where I will be going today, for a week. I will continue my "30 Day of Reflection" posts when I return. I know I will miss blogging for a week, I've been enjoying it so much. Thanks for everyone that's been reading and sending me messages about my posts, it means so much to me. Okay, goodbye then! I promise myself I wasn't going to cry...