Whether you're single and crushing, in a longterm relationship, or in one of those classic who-even-knows-what-this-is situations with someone, it can be hard to know when it's time to hold on – and when it's time to let go.
I'm all for giving love your best shot, but sometimes it's clear that the best thing – for both people involved – is to end things and move on. It's just a part of life that some relationships aren't meant to be.
If you're unsure whether it's time to move on, see if any of these signs apply to you.
1. The two of you don't feel the same way about each other; one person cares way more than the other.
2. They don't put any effort into the relationship, or into making you happy.
3. They put off meeting your family, and refuse to spend any time with your friends.
4. You constantly have to justify their actions/make excuses for them, to yourself or to others.
5. They value the physical over the mental and the emotional.
6. You feel like you need to convince them to love you. You're not good enough as you are; you have to make an effort to earn their affection.
7. The memories of the past are better than the relationship itself.
8. They consistently hurt you – whether it's verbally, emotionally, or physically.
9. Having them in your life holds you back from growing as a person and becoming the best version of yourself.
10. You have very different ideas of what a relationship should be, and what is expected from a partner.
11. It's always the same old issue, no matter how many times you try to resolve it. Some problems can't be solved.
12. You two rarely have deep, meaningful conversations.
13. They want to control you – who you see, where you go, how you dress, etc.
14. They refuse to commit to you, even though a committed relationship is important to you.
15. They have no goals, ambition, or future plans. You don't need someone like that dragging you down.
16. When the relationship brings you more problems, pain, and sadness than joy.
Relationships should lift us up, not drag us down. Remember:
"Letting go isn't the end of the world – it's the beginning of a new life."