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Leave the Past Right Where it Belongs

Don't wait for that call. Nothing will have changed.

You say goodbye even as your heart is breaking.

You let him go because after all, we’re told that’s what you do if you love someone who doesn’t love you. Or can’t commit to you. Or can’t see you the way you long to be seen. Or doesn’t treat you the way you deserve to be treated.

And then you wait.

And wait.

And wait some more.

For the call that never comes.

You go through the motions. You put one foot in front of the other until eventually, it gets a little easier. And then you slowly but surely begin to get stronger, a little more every day.

You still hope. You still pray for a miracle. You still long to hear his voice and the words “I miss you”.

And then one day, when you’re almost over him, it comes. The call. Of course, you recognize his number. You may have deleted his name from your phone, but you’ll always remember his number. A part of you wants to answer. But another part of you knows nothing’s changed.

Nothing’s changed. If it has, he’ll go out of his way to show you he has. But otherwise, it’s nothing new. But if you answer, you’re in it all over again.

I lived for that call. I waited for that call. I put my life on hold for that call. Until one day, I realized I was the only one putting myself through this pain. If he called, what would he be looking for, but more of the same? I’d be right back there, wanting more than he had to give, hoping I could change him, trying to find a way to make him love me, proving my worth to someone who wasn’t worthy of measuring my own worth against.


It had to end.

I was hurting myself far more than he had ever hurt me by holding onto the fantasy, the dream of what it could be if only he could see it like I did. Oh, the potential! So much potential, but so little reality. Only in my own mind did it exist like it did.

So I took out all my mementos I had kept of the two of us. The ones I was still holding on so tightly to. His shirt I loved to wear because it smelt like him. The emails I had saved from him because they were the only thing that showed the way it used to be. The photos of the memories of a different time and place. The gifts he had given me. I let them all go.

And on my terms, in my way, through my own tears, I chose me instead of yet another him. I was worth more than this waiting, more than this hoping, more than this living for someone else instead of myself. I took all my hopes and dreams off this man who had shown me over and over again he wasn’t capable of giving me what I was looking for and took them back for me. I found a little seed of hope, a faint glimmer of a dream and took a chance on me for a change, instead of always taking them on everyone else except me. I didn’t know it then, but it was the beginning of my own dreams coming true.

Let it go.

Let him or her or whoever it is that keeps holding you back, keeping you from living the life that you’re meant to live, let them go. There’s a life to be lived inside you. There’s a love to be given and received by someone truly deserving of you.

Don’t wait for that call. Nothing will have changed.

Except you.

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Jane Garapick

Jane Garapick is a dating and relationship coach, and the founder of Getting to True Love, LLC.

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I thought I had taken that step for myself with my ex-husband a long time ago. But I find that I am having to take that step again with him for both my sake and my son’s sake. I held on to the dream that he could one day be a good Dad and we would be able to co-parent like I’ve seen so many do successfully and our son would have the best of both worlds. But I have come to realize that because of certain things that will never be the case and he will never change. I have to do what is my best for my son and as confusing and overwhelming as it seems I’m trying to figure that out no matter what that means. I’m breathing deep and taking it one step at a time and doing whatever it takes to keep that door closed for myself and to keep my son safe. So that we CAN move on and have the wonderful life we have built the last 4 years continue again and to keep getting even better and better!!!! We had a fresh start 4 years ago and are truly happy, this is just a bump in the road to get over and deal with. But to let it go and continue it means we can’t keep getting pulled back into the past anymore….I have to do what I have to do!