You’ve heard it many times. But how do you really say goodbye to someone you love? There seems to be more pain in admitting it’s no use holding on… but what about those romantic letters and gifts? What about the dreams you said you’d both achieve together someday, and the promise to keep trying when things don’t work out? Sadly, not all things work out. There comes a time when life will tell us that this chapter has ended and it’s time to move on to the next. And you have to. All you have to do is to learn how to accept and loosen your grip; because otherwise, you’ll get rope burn. It could be the most difficult thing you’ve ever had to deal with, but it’s still the right thing to do. Sooner or later, you’ll find, that in the middle of all the turmoil, letting go is the first step towards something, or someone, indeed much better.
This is one of my favourite quotes from writer Rainer Maria Rilke:
We need, in love, to practice only this: Letting each other go. For holding on comes easily, we do not need to learn it.