What My First Break Up Taught Me About Life

“When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. But never again use another person’s body or emotions as a scratching post for your own unfulfilled yearnings.” – Liz Gilbert


I remember my first break up so vividly that I cringe thinking about it. I was head over heels in love with someone who had mutual feelings for me. The relationship lasted for about a year during my junior year of high school. That horrific age of 16 was upon me. This was the age for me that I started getting insight into who I was, that my parents were real people with flaws, my hopes, my dreams, and understanding the concept of love for the first time. This is such a tough age for most women I talk to. We all think about to the age 16 with such fondness but also grief because of the heartache encompassed during that time.

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