To encourage you to keep going.
To remind you to be strong.

Published on August 17, 2016 in Picture Quotes

It’s a hard pill to swallow. But the truth is going to heal your heart a lot faster than simply letting it break over and over until you finally face what you knew all along anyway:

If he wanted to be with you, he would be with you.

There are a million possible scenarios here. It’s easier when he’s an asshole – selfish, only thinking of himself, using you to make someone else jealous, using you in general, treating you poorly, crushing you thoughtlessly, whatever. But it’s a lot harder when he’s a good guy, and you still have to let him go. When he tells you that you’re an incredible person, but he just doesn’t feel the same way that you do. Or when he really likes you, but doesn’t think you’re the one. Or when he just doesn’t feel as strongly as you do and he wants to be honest. Or when he can’t seem to make up his mind and feels confused, which he doesn’t yet realize just means that he’s afraid of hurting you, that feeling ‘confused’ just a softer way of eventually saying ‘no.’ If he wanted to be with you, he wouldn’t have had to make up his mind in the first place. It would just be an answer that he felt deeply in his gut.

But regardless, whether he’s a wonderful guy or an asshole or somewhere in between, this is about you, moving on. Because no matter what the situation was, no matter how well he treated you or how much fun you had together or how well you got along, he doesn’t want to be with you. And that’s the truth. And that’s going to be your life raft for the next several weeks or months, no matter how much you don’t want to grab onto it. It is what is going to eventually help you come to peace with the end of your relationship, or the fizzling out of your fling, or the ‘no more talking’ after you guys spent so much time ‘talking.’ It is the truth, and as ugly as it is, it will be the only thing that can help you move on:

If he wanted to be with you, he would be with you.

It’s easy to try to soften the blow. He needs time, or he just needs a little space, or he’s just afraid of commitment and I just need to reassure him, or he builds walls and it’s my job to kick through them.

But think about the way you feel about him. How easy and natural and obvious it feels. How you don’t even need to question whether or not you should be with him, because it just feels right in your veins. How, even if you were scared of committing to someone or getting hurt or opening yourself up, you were still willing to do it, because your heart had already made up your mind. You wanted to be with him, so you were. The decision was simple. It really wasn’t even a decision at all.

Now can you imagine feeling all those things but choosing not to be with him anyway?

That’s why your heart is broken. Because he didn’t feel those things. He didn’t feel that same certainty that you did, deep in your bones. And you can’t change that, and you can’t fix yourself, and there’s nothing you did wrong. It’s just the truth. His heart didn’t make the decision for his brain, because his heart is in a different place from yours. And that really, really sucks. And you just have to accept it. And that sucks even more.

Maybe you’ll get over this in weeks, maybe months. Maybe longer. It will hurt, some days will be horrible and some will be okay. But the smallest of silver linings is this: you can let your heart break once – instead of breaking it a million times by convincing yourself that he’s making a mistake or he probably misses you or you should call him. Love yourself enough to be hard on yourself:

If he wanted to be with you, he would be with you.

Written by Kim Quindlen

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  1. Rita August 17, 2016 Reply

    I soo needed to read this thank you

  2. Mary August 17, 2016 Reply

    Kim I must say I only became acquainted with you tonight through this writing of yours from Lessons Learned in Life ……CRAP…..sounds like something I wrote so many years ago before we had the internet to spread our GREAT sorrow or wisdom that we hopefully learned,but I must say…..I didn’t learn LOL I’m just that kind of person.It took many times to separate myself LOL.I did enjoy the read,though 🙂
    I have visited your FB page through the address you left at the end. 🙂
    also searched you in google thinking WHY I have NOT heard of you. 🙂
    Found a youtube skit LOL quite funny. 🙂
    Blessing to you,in the name of Jesus;It has been a pleasure. 🙂 Hugs

  3. JoJo August 18, 2016 Reply

    OMG this is sooo true. I know I need to delete him but it’s so hard ?

  4. Suraiya August 19, 2016 Reply

    I will choose death rather than him. I Want to make his promise come true by all means, to the level best.
    But I need him not to think of me even. He needs to understand I am dead long ago, I dont want to live in his thoughts as well not even as memories. I dont just want to be around in his thoughts or life. Once left… forever left. Thats the END of it.

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