Whether you've dated for months or years, planned your wedding or kept it casual, you can never 'just be friends' with an ex.
Especially if you can't answer 'no' to one very important question: do you still have feelings for them? If the answer is yes, do yourself a favor and cut ties now.
It won't be any easier to do in six months when one of you starts dating someone new and the little green monster rears its ugly head.
Just make a clean break. Allow yourself the time and space you need to heal then move forward; because once your heart is involved, there's no turning back.
The worst thing you can do during a breakup is give yourself false hope by remaining friends. Don't break your own heart all over again chasing a glimmer of hope that will let you down yet again.
The truth is, you broke up for a reason and you can't romanticize old memories into new realities.
Nobody changes overnight and neither will your reasons for breaking up.
Stay strong; make the hard choices now and save yourself from more heartache in the long run.
Because cheaters don't change, values can't be compromised, personalities that didn't mesh before won't suddenly align, and feelings can't be forced.
Trying to stay friends with someone you broke up with is only prolonging the pain and avoiding the process of letting go.
But as hard as it may seem, moving on really is for the better. You both deserve someone who makes you really happy, not just someone you're too afraid to let go of.
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