Pretended You Cared

Mbroken20heart11aybe they’re right. Maybe I did get my hopes up too high. Maybe I was in over my head. Maybe it was stupid of me for ever thinking you loved me. Maybe I was just tired of being alone and pretended you cared when I knew you didn’t. Now you’re only a regret. G.T.

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… every glittering kiss and every touch of flesh
is another shard of heart you’ll never see again.
Neil Gaiman

One or the Other

broken20heart11My heart’s a muscle exercised and made strong by grieving failed love of the past. At times I’m joyful loving you. At others I’m fearful of us falling apart. I’m stretched between misery and bliss knowing in time the balance will tip to one or the other. A.B.

Balance

The first person who is on your mind
the moment you open your eyes
after a long sleep is the reason
either of your happiness or pain.
Reader’s Digest

Interestingly Wrong

broken20heart11Life is too short to waste time with one who’s unworthy of my love. If I stay with you the right person for me will come along and I’ll miss them. I’ve been busy trying to change you, but I’m not going to do it anymore. You’re wrong for me and we both know it. A.L.

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One rarely falls in love
without being as much attracted
to what is interestingly wrong with someone
as what is objectively healthy.
Alain de Botton

Eight Rules of Divorce

broken20heart1It took a divorce to teach me how marriage should work. That’s what I thought. Love has failed again and another decree is in my hands. The Eight Rules of Getting Over a Divorce: Fall down. Grieve. Get up. Try again. Forgive. Let go. Learn. Move on. J.B.

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Americans, who make more of marrying for love
than any other people, also break up more of their marriages,
but the figure reflects not so much the failure of love
as the determination of people not to live without it.
Morton Hunt

Who I Really Am

broken20heart1It took a while to sort out, but I don’t think you were ever in love with me. Maybe you fell for someone you wanted me to be or thought you could make me into. You never took the time to know who I really am and see if you could love that person. J.J.

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Many people do not fall in love;
they fall in love with the idea
of themselves being in love.
They never see the other person.
I don’t ask for much;
I only ask to be seen.
C. JoyBell C.

While In The Blindness

broken20heart1I am going to forget how much you hurt me, but I’ll never forget what loving you taught me. Trust should not be given while in the blindness of newly awakened passion. I will never get involved again believing a person with will change if I love them enough. A.T.

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At some point,
you’ll have to realize
that some people
can stay in your heart,
but not in your life.
Ashley Hodgeson

A Beginning, A Middle, and an End

broken20heart1I wonder how things might have turned out if we had met now when we are both single instead of back when we were married. The deceit and stress of our affair damned us from the start. Something good is rarely successfully built from doing what is wrong. L.K.

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A love affair is like a short story;
it has a beginning, a middle, and an end.
The beginning was easy, the middle might drag,
invaded by commonplace, but the end,
instead of being decisive and well-knit
with that element of revelatory surprise
as a well-written story should be,
it usually dissipated in a succession
of messy and humiliating anticlimaxes.
F. Scott Fitzgerald