Breakin' up is hard to do, as the song says. It would be nice if we could avoid the pain and move on the very next day, but as most of us know, true heartbreak requires strength, resolve and a little bit of tenderness — to yourself. With spring in the air and new beginnings just around the corner, it's important to get back on the saddle and start enjoying your life, whether a breakup you're dealing with is old or new.
It also helps to know you're not the only one going through the grieving process. And certainly not the only one who ever has. A wise friend once told me, "If there was no heartbreak, there would be no music." Sometimes a lyrical phrase or sentence is exactly what the heart doctor ordered to feel resolved and refreshed. That's why I've put together a handful of inspiring quotes about relationships and letting go that can help ease a burden keeping us inside, pining away, when life is right outside our front door. Of course, you might need some time alone, but why not spend it reading this article and then pinning it so you can read it again, whenever the need arises.
"There will come a time you'll see with no more tears, and love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears…" Take it from Mumford & Sons, time really does heal all wounds, and it's in the act of accepting that it's time to move on that you open yourself up to a better relationship, one that doesn't have you stressed out to the max, wondering when the other shoe is going to drop or wondering if you're going to get that phone call you're waiting for. Speaking of waiting…
"Why don't you tell me that 'if the girl had been worth having she'd have waited for you?' No, sir, the girl really worth having won't wait for anybody." F. Scott Fitzgerald was on to something when he wrote this line in his book This Side of Paradise. He was on to a lot of somethings, actually, but for our purposes, let's say he speaks the utter truth that a girl who waits for no man is one who displays confidence and self-love. Two qualities that help mitigate heartbreak in the first place and are important to cultivate after a breakup.
"You're going to fall in love so many times before you find the one you will be with forever. So look at it this way, you're one step closer to happily ever after." The author to this one is unknown, but it kind of sounds like it comes from a wise mother or grandmother who's been through the gauntlet of life. And it rings true. Think of your relationship as a learning experience and one that gets you closer to standards that create an amazing future partnership.
"There is no remedy for love but to love more." Henry David Thoreau spent a lot of time sitting in the woods, contemplating life's mysteries. Since few of us have that option, we can be glad he wrote those thoughts down. When you're feeling like hope is lost, remember that laughter, joy, a new love interest and happiness is an unbeatable salve.
"Hearts will never be made practical until they can be made unbreakable." Let this line from the Wizard of Oz be a reminder that to beat yourself up is futile. The heart really loses its connection with our brain when we've been hit by cupid. We make mistakes, but so does everyone else, and tomorrow is another day.