It's interesting to me that you often don't realize the finality of events until after they happen. I'm not necessarily talking about major events, just little things. For example, think of a toy that you loved when you were a kid. You probably didn't realize that the last time you played with it would be the last time you played with it. For me, it was Barbie dolls. I loved them and I had a lot of them. I don't remember how old I was when I played with them for the last time, but I'm sure I didn't know that I was putting them away for thirty years (they belong to my daughter now) on that day. I suppose you could say it was a milestone marking the end of a part of my childhood, but I didn't know that then.
It's the same thing with places you go and things you buy. A favorite restaurant may close or a company might stop making your favorite product. I think everyone has experienced looking for an item in the store to find out it's no longer made. It always makes you wish you had known about it when you could have bought out the entire supply the store had, or at least savored it a little more when you could get it.
Sometimes it happens with people. Of course, there are times you know that when you say goodbye to someone it is for the last time because they are moving or you are. You might have even had the experience of saying goodbye to someone who was dying. But what about old friends, co-workers and even family members? People's lives move in different directions, things change and you just don't see them again. You probably didn't know that the last time you said goodbye to them, though.
It's just the way things are and the way they're supposed to be, I guess. You can't get too down about it or you wouldn't be able to enjoy the people, places and things in your life today. Also, life would be boring if nothing ever changed.
I'll be back later to open the bar. I hope to see you then!