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Monday, February 4, 2013

Don't say goodbye. Ever. Even if it is time for a goodbye, and you know it

I was seven years old, when I saw Roman Holiday (1953) by William Wyler for the first time and I decided immediately that saying goodbye to someone just sucks.
"Why do we have to say goodbye?" I asked myself.

[Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck 
taking a break during the shooting of Roman Holiday]

Almost thirty years after seeing the movie for the first time, I still have no answer. Not a good one, at least. Saying goodbye to someone important in my live still sucks.

Even if I know that it is just normal.
Even if it is the best thing to do.
Even if life goes on and we will be happy anyway.

Saying goodbye is too dramatic. Too painful. Too conclusive.
"See you later" sounds better, that's all.

Als ich den Film Ein Herz und eine Krone (1953) von William Wyler das erste Mal gesehen habe, war ich sieben Jahre alt und sofort stand für mich fest: Abschied ist abscheulich.
"Wieso muss man jemandem Lebewohl sagen?" fragte ich mich.

Fast dreißig Jahre nachdem ich mir den Film zum ersten Mal angesehen habe, habe ich immer noch keine Antwort gefunden. Keine Richtige zumindest. Abschied von jemandem zu nehmen, der in meinem Leben wichtig ist, finde ich immer noch ekelhaft.

Auch wenn ich weiss, dass es normal ist.
Auch wenn es das Beste ist, was man tun kann.
Auch wenn das Leben weiter geht und wir alle letztendlich glücklich sein werden.

Abschied zu nehmen ist zu dramatisch, schmerzhaft und endgültig.
"Auf Wiedersehen" klingt einfach besser. Und das war´s.

Vacanze romane (1953) di William Wyler l'ho visto per la prima volta a sette anni. Dopo il film presi immediatamente una decisione: dire addio a qualcuno fa schifo. 
"Perché si deve dire addio a qualcuno?" mi chiesi.

Quasi trent'anni dopo aver visto il film per la prima volta continuo a non aver una risposta per questa domanda. Nessuna decente, per lo meno. Continuo a trovare ripugnante dover dire addio alle persone importanti nella mia vita.

Anche se so che è normale sia così.
Anche se si tratta della cosa migliore da fare.
Anche se so che la vita va vanti e che alla fine saremo tutti felici comunque.

Dire addio è troppo drammatico. Troppo doloroso. Troppo definitivo.
"Arrivederci" suona meglio. Punto.

Tags: Saying Goodbye, Abschied nehmen, Dire addio, Roman Holiday, Ein Herz und eine Krone, Vacanze romane

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