The inspiration came from one of my good friends. He's in a lousy relationship but he just can't find the right way or the perfect time to cut his losses and finally be happy again. I told him that it wasn't too late to call it quits now before their summer wedding.
Breaking up is never an easy thing to do. And that's never a conversation that anyone looks forward to having with someone they once loved.
So I offered my services. Judging by today's date, I came up with the perfect one....
Outside of the card: I've decided what I'm giving up for Lent.
Inside of the card: You.
What? Too harsh?
I don't think so. It needs to be done. It's beyond time.
Take it from me. I've been through more splits than most gymnasts. I've been the breaker-upper and the break-up-ee. So I know how it goes. It will suck for awhile. And then, it won't.
And that's the real truth. You're not going to die from a broken heart. Yes, you will feel pretty lousy there for awhile. But then, you won't.
Here's what I recommend post-dump: Take a few days to cry it out. Eat a few cartons of ice cream. (I recommend mint chocolate chip or Moose Tracks.) Then get your butt back on the elliptical, slap on some lipstick, and get on with your life.
And that's basically what I told him (minus the whole lipstick part). That's what needs to happen. Instead of allowing every day to suck the life out of you- just rip the Band-Aid off, give the wound some room to breathe, and let yourself heal.
Give yourself the opportunity to let go.
Because sometimes you realize what you've been hanging onto was doing nothing but dragging you down.
If you aren't happy with how your life is going (whether that be your job, your relationship, etc.), then you have to do something about it. Letting it drag on and on, the whole while spending every moment miserable, is not doing you any good.
And I told him it's not doing her any favors, either. When you're miserable more often than you're happy together, then part ways and allow yourself the opportunity to find your happiness. I've known too many people who think that if they just keep struggling along, things will just magically change and get better with time. Sadly, that's not the way it works. If you've both genuinely tried to give it your best shot, then maybe it's time to realize that you're just not compatible.
But sticking with it because you're comfortable in your misery isn't the answer. Ever.
So I sent him the card idea. And I even offered to jazz it up with some glitter. Hey, just because the Laura McKenna card line will be straight-shooting does not mean that the cards will be ugly. I'll put a little sparkle in the split. A little bling in the break-up. Some glitz in the goodbye.
But more importantly, closure. And the chance to start again. Because life is too short to live it without being truly happy.
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