so it’s only fair that I give back said real.
And currently, this is the real:
We each found love post (visa)marriage and it has been the hardest thing.
I’m not friends with my exes. With one, we aren’t not friends but we certainly aren’t a presence in each other’s lives. And to get to true peace of the end of what was basically a common-law marriage, I had to exercise a total break.
With my ex-GF/wife (whom I will refer to as S from here on out):
I choose to break up.
And it is the most difficult thing.
As S transitions, there is no less love but the rapid-heartbeat, make-me-melt love gives way to a more protective, almost maternal love. It isn’t the end of a honeymoon phase as this is 1.8 years into our relationship. Romantic love turns agape love.
I move on, emotionally, while she is still in love with me.
This then becomes the most difficult thing.
I feel guilty for moving on, I wish I could ignore my stupid heart. I don’t break up unless it is undeniably time because that look- when I look into her beautiful eyes that read only such deep heartbreak…well, that breaks my heart every time. And knowing that I’m the cause of an agonizing heartbreak makes me feel pretty damn rotten. There’s just no getting out of any meaningful relationship without hurt. The deeper the love, the more fucking massive the hurt.
She finds love, which confronts me with a slew of unexpected feelings.
And this makes me a most difficult person.
It’s not fair. It being the inevitable grief that comes with a significant ending to an incomparably more significant relationship. It’s not fair for either of us because grieving is just plain hard. When I chose to break up with S, I knew I was shutting the door on unconditional love. I could have someone who would love and cherish me no matter what, who wanted nothing more but a permanent future with me because that equaled a bright hope and happiness. Stupid, stupid heart.
I am no longer her person.
Her face lights up so brightly, voice softens, mood transforms and her heart visibly melts when she receives a text or call from her love.
Before this incredible, new love, my loss wasn’t so palpable; as I moved on, she’s been working through one hell of a terrific heartbreak until her new beautiful person.
This isn’t jealousy.
S is a beautiful person through and through and I want love to do right by her, in a way that I could not.
This is the realness of feeling the loss of the love I gave up.