Sometimes happy endings consist of a heartbreaking goodbye that doesn’t leave you bitter. Sometimes they leave you happy to have known another person in the first place.
And I've always wondered what’s worse — a relationship ending badly and living with a little hate, which allows you to move on, or a relationship ending perfectly, with no bad feelings towards the person, because you know deep in your heart that they were the best part of you.
Sometimes even when two people seem perfect, one of the hardest realizations comes with knowing you weren’t perfect for each other.
You helped build one another into the people you are today, but you come to this crossroad in realizing the part you play in each of one another’s lives are over. And you have a prolonged goodbye because neither of you wants to break the other’s heart.
But with time you begin to realize your destinies don't share the same path. So you say goodbye to one another uncertain of what a future can even be, without them apart of it and you hold onto the memories.
You hold onto the slow dances and the slower kisses. You hold onto every conversation in a relationship in which someone somehow knew you better than yourself. It wasn’t just a physical relationship that made it, but the mental connection you two shared.
It was unlike anything you knew with another human. You hold onto the privilege of having known someone, who accepted you for exactly who you were. Maybe you knew it wouldn't last, but in these moments, you felt invincible.
You were playing a game of make-believe, but in the eyes of one another, what you saw was reality.
You felt comfort in knowing it was real life, your life. They were everything you wanted in a person, and the only future you ever thought about.
So when you say goodbye to them with tears in your eyes, because you really do love them with everything you are, you know that sometimes in order to love someone, you must let them go.
You must allow each other to discover a life not consumed by the extension of one another. So you let go and you hold onto every picture looking back at all the moments so fondly, not with bitterness.
You let go wishing them happiness, wishing them love and hopeful in a future that is uncertain, yet confident that you harbor the strength to venture alone because they turned you into someone who is able to.
Chapters ending are never easy, especially when it's with someone you thought would be there til the end of the book.
But somehow you find the strength to stand alone, and you learn that you aren't alone, not really. Because you'll always have the memories and the lessons learned.
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