The end of a relationship can be a tough thing to deal with…that goes without saying. This is true whether you were the one who ended it, were the one who was broken up with, or if it was mutual. The high value we place on having a partner to spend our lives with, ego, vulnerability and all the crazy emotions that surface in this area of life makes the end of relationships particularly hard to deal with compared to the end of other experiences we have in our life, like jobs or friendships. But, with hard times come tremendous opportunities to create a better life and find a better relationship.
Time to Focus on You
When we are in a relationship, we can often lose our identity and exist solely as half of this entity known as the ‘’relationship.’’ While the nature of romantic relationships does create some intertwining of lives, it can go too far sometimes and this is why the end of them can be so hard; we feel like we lost a part of ourselves and in many ways, we did. We can neglect ourselves and our needs and sacrifice everything to the relationship; this is never a good thing. It is always important to maintain a separate identity. When you are facing a break-up, you have a great opportunity to just focus on you and your needs without interference. There is an opportunity for questioning and reflection; you can rediscover who you are, what you want and what makes you happy. When you have yourself in order, you will have a much better chance of finding a good relationship.
Clarity on What You Want
Nothing helps us figure out what we want more than experiencing things we do not. Contrast is very useful in gaining clarity about our lives and how we want them to be. Our failed relationships contain a goldmine of information about what we want, not only in a partner, but life in general. By taking time to honestly examine your relationship—both the good and the bad—you can gain a deeper understanding of what is important to you in a relationship, what type of person you want and how you want your relationship to be.
See What You Can Work on In Yourself
None of us are perfect; no surprises there, and it is something we should not strive for because it is not possible. We all have our issues that cause us problems in life and while we may not be able to completely eliminate all of them or make the right choices every time, we can still make some significant strides; change is always possible. Rarely are relationship problems completely the fault of just one party—our egos can make it appear that way but deep down we know it is not true. If you are willing to withstand the discomfort, you can uncover things that you can work on in yourself not only to find greater success in relationships, but greater happiness in life in general. Maybe you are too demanding, too clingy, too insecure, too critical or judgmental, too rigid,etc…This is not about beating yourself up and criticizing your faults, this is about taking an honest look at your behaviors and beliefs and seeing where you could improve.
Author Byline: Kelli Cooper is a freelance writer who is passionate about personal development and striving for happiness in all areas of life. She enjoys sharing her insights gained from her own experience in hopes they will help others. If you are over 50, seniors dating sites, where seniors meet seniors can be a great way to find like-minded people looking for love.