A midlife friend recently broke up with his girlfriend of 10 years. The reason he broke up with her is after a lot of soul searching and couples counseling, it became clear they wanted different things.
When I asked how he was doing regarding this, he said he was using this as an impetus to reassess many things in his life.
“Like what?” I asked.
“Pretty much everything.”
“Give me some examples.”
“Work, living situation, exercise, diet, goals, love, relationships. I’m stepping back and looking at most elements of my life and asking if they are what I want. Am I doing my the best I can given certain parameters?”
“Wow, that’s a lot to assess.”
“Yes, it’s good.”
Breakups can be a time to examine many elements of your life and decide if each is what you want. As a result of this assessment, many people increase their exercise, change their diet, go back to school, take up new hobbies, modify their appearance and/or wardrobe, negotiate work duties, remodel their house or even move.
When my marriage dissolved I thought hard about if I wanted to continue living in my house and city. I seriously pondered getting in my car and visiting friends around the country who’d invited me. I could then experience many areas for possible relocation. Funds and lethargy prevented me from taking off on this adventure. But since I’ve visited so many areas of the country, I decided I was happy for now where I am.
After my last painful breakup, I was motivated to seek counseling to better understand the bad choices I was making about men. It has helped immensely.
What have you examined and changed after a breakup? Have breakups motivated you to modify important parts of your life.
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