After six months of dating my boyfriend, I had hit my breaking point and decided it was time to end the relationship. Despite my attempts to break up with him, he convinced me to stay. Looking back, I deeply regret not having the courage to end things then and there.
1. We'd been fighting constantly about everything under the sun
Towards the end of our relationship, we were constantly fighting over the same issues. Despite our best efforts, we couldn't seem to resolve them. It made me question whether it was worth staying together, and ultimately, I decided it wasn't.
2. He asked for a break; I suggested we make it permanent
During a heated argument over the phone, he suggested we take a break. However, I've always been against this idea, so I decided to end things for good. He was taken aback and wanted to meet up later to talk things out calmly. Despite my emotions, I agreed because we both deserved closure.
3. I prepared for the end—I knew things were over between us
While we were apart, I spent those few hours planning my breakup speech. I wanted to express that our constant fighting was a result of our incompatibility, and that we had different visions for our future. I knew it would be a difficult conversation because I genuinely loved him. Nonetheless, I felt it was best to end things before causing each other more pain.
4. He actually started crying when I told him how I felt
I was emotional during our conversation, but I was taken aback when he expressed his own emotions. I thought he would agree with the breakup, but he surprised me by telling me how much he loved me and how he wanted to work things out to keep us together. He had even taken the initiative to find a relationship counselor during our time apart.
5. This was not my boyfriend
He had never mentioned counseling before, and in the past had expressed a negative attitude towards it, citing other couples' unsuccessful experiences. I suspected that his parents' unsuccessful attempts to save their marriage may have influenced his views on commitment. Nevertheless, his sudden suggestion surprised me and softened my resolve. His sincerity got to me, and I agreed to try relationship counseling to work things out.
6. I actually felt optimistic about our future as a couple… for a few days
After the two-hour counseling session, I felt revitalized and believed that we were making progress in our relationship. It was hard to believe that just a few hours prior, I was willing to end things between us. Regrettably, my optimistic outlook didn't last long, as a few days later, his know-it-all attitude started to irritate me again. Despite my annoyance, I tried to remain positive, reminding myself that we could address these issues during our couples therapy sessions.
7. He backed out of all his promises
The day before our scheduled appointment with the therapist, he informed me that he had a change of heart. He believed that we could work on our issues ourselves without the need for therapy, as long as we were honest with each other. As he spoke, I felt a heavy weight in my chest that sank to my feet. I couldn't help but wonder if he had deceived me just to keep me around, and whether he was genuinely committed to fixing our relationship.
8. There was no resolution
Unfortunately, we couldn't find a magical solution to our communication problems, and the same old arguments continued. It felt like we were trapped in a never-ending cycle of fights that had led me to the breaking point before. I found myself in that same emotional desert of stress, anger, and exhaustion that had drained me before. It was as if the relationship was taking its toll on me all over again.
9. I felt like an idiot for letting him talk me into staying
I allowed him to convince me to stay in our troubled relationship because I held onto hope. I hoped that things could get better between us and that we could find happiness. I hoped that we could both make changes and treat each other with kindness. However, hope had only led me to feel like I was drowning. I knew I needed to leave this relationship for good and move on.
10. I broke up over the phone
It may sound blunt, but I had to break the news to him over the phone that I wanted to end things for good. I felt that meeting him in person would only give him the opportunity to try and convince me to stay with his charm and love. I didn't want to go down that path again and felt like I had no other choice but to end things over the phone.
11. Love wasn't enough
Despite the love we shared, it wasn't enough to sustain a fulfilling relationship. I realized that I needed to prioritize my own well-being and love myself instead of trying to make things work with him. Leaving him was a difficult but necessary decision, and it turned out to be one of the best choices I've made. I was giving myself a fresh start and a chance to live a better life, even if it meant being alone. It was better than being with the wrong person.