Abandoned Is An Ugly Word

Merriam-Webster definition:

 

aban·doned adjective \ə-ˈban-dənd\

: left without needed protection or care

: left by the owner

: no longer held or thought of : given up

Full Definition of ABANDONED:

1: wholly free from restraint

2: given up : forsaken

 

Ugly it is.

Picture of an abandoned room.

And sad too.

Picture of an abandoned and starving dog.

It doesn’t really matter what you are talking about…rooms, buildings, animals, or children. Marriages and families…hopes and dreams.

It is sad to see something abandoned.

It is particularly bad when it is a living thing though. Especially pets and children. They are so trusting and just do not understand why they have been discarded like old clothes or trash.

They may not realize it but the people doing the abandoning are damaging themselves just as much. It will come back to haunt them eventually. Especially if they abandoned their families.

That seems to be happening more and more these days too. I guess folks think that once they are divorced the kids are no longer their problem.

Ugly.

Abandoned dreams are sad too. Especially those where people think they are too old. People in their 90s are going back to school and getting college degrees. People in their 70s and 80s are entering marathons and doing lots of other things you would think that only young folks could do.

It is never too late for a dream. It might have to be modified a bit…after all it is unlikely that a 50 year old (or older) is going to win a gold medal in the Olympics (at least not for something that requires great physical ability) but there might be other ways to make a dream of being an athlete come true.

Don’t just give up.

And please don’t abandon any living thing. Except of course for toxic people…they may deserve it. Maybe.

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