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April 9, 2009: Best Break Up Advice

It's sad but true: all relationships come to an end.

Mine just did yesterday, and I know I'm not in the perfect place to give sound advice. However, I feel that mayhaps my advice might be the best for others in my situation. So here it goes...

Chris and I dated for about 5 months, which is a solid chunk of time. I have no regrets about the relationship or how it ended. Circumstance and outside forces played a major role in our separation; he was a senior, I am a freshman; his workload demanded more of his attention, I needed more attention; etc. In the end we decided, mutually, that it would be better, and healthier, for both of us if we just left things on good terms. I know that everybody loves a hot and heavy romance that blows up and sizzles away, but ours was subtle and therefor called for a calm end. It was a real thing. We are still friends and plan on keeping in touch. Yes, I lost a boyfriend, but I gained a close friend.

It takes time in an situation to let the mind, body, and emotions recover. I am sure that somewhere down the road I'll hit that wall and feel the full emotional extent of this ended relationship. I'm not there yet. But I think it's important to look at the past not in terms of what could have been, what I/he could have said/done; don't look at the relationship like it was a bad experience. Mine was great; I'm sure yours had great moments too. Everything is a learning process. Take one key message from it and tuck that in your back pocket for later use.

There's a patch of yellow buttercups by my favorite green spot on campus. It snowed yesterday and the day previous, but the buttercups are still there. Chew on that metaphor..... mmmm meaty...

xoxoPete

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