After Five Years Of Dating, My Ex Said He Just Wanted To Be Friends

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There came to a point in my relationship with my ex-boyfriend where things just started heading south for us. Nothing serious happened, we were just treading water. We broke up soon after but it didn’t go quite like I thought it would.

1. I’D THOUGHT ABOUT LEAVING FOR A LONG TIME. On more than one occasion, I thought to myself, “I can’t do this anymore.” I was becoming so frustrated with the way he was treating me and with the fact that he wasn’t making me a priority; I was upset that our relationship wasn’t progressing. We’d been a couple for five years but our connection hadn’t really deepened at all during that time.

2. I DIDN’T WANT TO GIVE UP ON US. When you’re with someone for five years, you don’t just end the relationship. You try to work things out. That’s what I kept telling myself. I figured that I should stay by his side and try my best to work through it. That was the mature thing to do, right? If something is broke, you fix it.

3. WE HARDLY EVER DISCUSSED OUR PROBLEMS, SO FIXING THEM WAS KIND OF IMPOSSIBLE. This is definitely not a sign of a good relationship. If I was upset about something, I kept it inside. It seemed like whenever we “fought” (i.e. discussed major issues), suddenly our relationship was on the line. I didn’t want things to end so I never spoke my piece. relationships,relationships,relationships

4. HE BROKE UP WITH ME OUT OF LEFT FIELD. One morning, I was still in bed but my boyfriend was getting for work. He was acting weird and I didn’t know why, but he eventually sat down on the bed next to me and told me that he wasn’t sure about us anymore. He thought it was better if we were just friends. WTF?

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