Do not waste your time waiting on love.
We stay, disappointed when our phones stay silent and we wake in the morning knowing we were not missed- knowing we were not even considered.
We stay, when we ask for more but are given less with each passing day.
We stay, hopelessly in love and hoping that they will eventually fall as we once did.
We stay, so in love with potential that we are blinded to reality.
We stay, waiting desperately to be loved by another and forgetting to love ourselves.
We stay, hoping to outlast time and space until one day, when we least expect it, they will come home and look for us longingly and say “I love you” but this time, they will mean it.
We stay, watching time pass and happiness slip through our fingers- waiting to be chosen by the one we show up for every day.
We stay, standing in the doorway in disbelief as they pack their belongings, wondering how they can just leave while we can barely breathe.
We stay, hoping they will come back and love us the way they did inside of our heads- the way the fairytales said they would.
We stay knowing that we should leave. We stay knowing that we are accepting less than we deserve- knowing that we love them more than ourselves.
We stay, filled with poisonous hope, believing we can outlast the brutal truth: they do not love us and they never will.
We are not pieces of decor that “grow on someone” over time, we are human. If someone is not able to love you, know that they will not “grow into it,” and if they do, know that it is acquiescence, settling, habit, or comfort- but not love. If they do not love you now, they will never love you. The passing of time in itself will not result in love.
So when your phone is silent and you have become a passing thought when you are not included in the future plans and when passion is replaced with the sinking feeling that they could leave without thought- I hope you leave.