You’ll see me live a joyful life without you. See me smile and hear me laugh.
You’ll see the radiant woman that I’ve become at the most unexpected time.
You’ll wonder why things didn’t work out.
Was it really about you or was it because of me?
Maybe it’s both?
You’ll wish you could have treated me better yet continue with the same patterns.
You’ll wish you could talk to me the way you used to. The way I understood you – accepted all of you.
You’ll wish you made different choices because you didn’t think that I’ll actually leave.
What you didn’t realize is that committing to you was always a choice,
Not a necessity.
Looking back now, would you rather have regrets or loss?
Would you rather have a home or a house?
Would you rather fight than hear silence?
Would you rather feel afraid or empty?
Would you rather tell the ugly truth or transfixed in a beautiful lie?
Most of all, would you rather love than pretend?
At the end of the day, you’ll see me as the one who got away. And sure, there might be moments when I would wonder what could have been… before it becomes a faded memory. Remembered, but not part of the reality.
P.S. “You can love someone and still choose to say goodbye to them. You can miss a person everyday and still be glad that they’re no longer in your life…
I think we do love a real disservice when we make it about control and power and changing people. That’s not what it is. You love people, you give them that for free. And you decide if that’s something that you want to have in your life. The alternative is to say, ‘Well, I’m going to change them and then I’ll have them in my life’. And that’s not love. That’s not what love is and that’s not what it does, and that’s not the power it has.”
– Tara Westover
P.P.S. Because of some circumstances and choices, you may read this from the lens of “the one who got away” or “the one someone got away from”. Now, it doesn’t really matter which camp you’re in. What matters is you are continuing to live. God has a funny way of sorting things out. As my 23-year old self once said, “Forgive always, love and laugh endlessly and be bold with your endeavours.”