“When you walked away, you thought you’d won. You thought you’d won because she loved you more than you loved her. And that wasn’t enough for you. When you walked away that last time– sent that last text– had that last call– you thought you’d had the last word. The best argument. You were content because you were right– and she wasn’t– and it ended, just like you knew it would.
And so when you imagine her now, she’s still crying by the phone. Loving you. Wishing you’d call. Thinking you’re the best and only person she can ever be with. You see her in that puddle of self-doubt you tried so hard to build into her.
Well, stop. And let me clarify a few things for you. First of all, she’s not there, waiting by the phone. She no longer thinks about all those good times you had, wondering if you’re ever going to come back. Actually, she hardly thinks of you at all. When you stopped loving her, something happened to her alright. Something huge. That’s actually the one– one– thinks she credits you with. You taught her to love herself enough to know when someone wasn’t loving her enough. And that is exactly what she needed. To finally– finally- start loving herself. So hey, you didn’t break her, darling. She wouldn’t give you that power. The girl loved you in a way you’re never going to find again but are always going to look for.
And trust me, you will look for it. But as for her? She’s not the same girl she was. She is strong and independent and confident. She is open and loving and free. So, when you think of her (and I know you will), just know this: you never broke her. The only thing you did was push her to the edge. Like, right to the edge. But she didn’t jump, darling. She flew.”
-@loveinthedetails (source: @poemsporn_ // instagram)