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If You Love Someone Should You Let Them Go?

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Do you believe the line “If you love someone, let them go. If they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were”? Well, it’s not true. By Natalia Avdeeva

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Have you ever let someone you love go away from you?

Someone once said this quote. If you love someone, let them go. If they return, they were always yours. If they don’t, they never were.

Today, there are several variations of this line and no one really knows for sure who came up with the line first.

But they all preach the same details.

But how true is this statement, and how valid is it in today’s world?

[Read: 50 relationship questions to test your compatibility]

Letting someone go when you love them

Firstly, you’re not locking your partner in a cage. So where’s the talk of magnanimously letting the one you love go away from you?

And secondly, what’s with the sad, pitiful waiting for your lost love to return?

Is this ever going to help you or the relationship?

So what does this line really mean?

The world is full of temptation. Even if your partner’s in a relationship with you, they’d still be tempted to stray into another’s arms now and then.

[Read: What should you do when you fall for someone else?]

And at times like these, what the line says is to avoid trying to hold your partner back. Let them go out there and bang other people. You can sit tight with your fingers crossed while they’re at it.

When your lover’s shared the bed with a lot of other lovers, they’d hopefully realize that you’re the better partner and come back to you again. Seriously, is that supposed to make you feel better?

And think about this, cheating partners stray all the time. And they always return, don’t they? Does that mean cheating partners are true loyal lovers? [Read: 25 reasons behind why women cheat so easily]

Love is not a test

Perhaps, in the old days, people had a lot more time to put their life on hold, write poems of misery and broken hearts, get drunk and wait for their loved one to return. But how long can you really wait for an ex to change their mind these days? After all, love is not a test. When it’s over, it’s over.

These days, there are a lot of distractions all the time. Even the most loyal of us find others attractive now and then, be it at work or at a party. But you know what, a happy and committed couple always cruise through these distractions without affairs or arguments.

And truth be told, if your lover wants to leave you all of a sudden, it’s not because they feel like they need to test the waters for other mating potentials. It’s because your perfect relationship has started to develop cracks that one or both of you haven’t really tried mending. Or your lover just thinks you suck, and that they can find someone better. [Read: 7 secret signs of a relationship that's starting to go bad]

So even if your partner does return back to you after dating other people, it’s not because you’re the best. It’s because they couldn’t hook up with anyone better! You can look at it as a compliment. Or you could realize just how bad your partner is at getting hooked up with someone worthy.

You can’t force someone to love you or stay with you

You’re not letting your lover go. Your lover is leaving you. You have no say in it other than trying to convince them of your love. And maybe a second chance if you’re lucky. If a relationship’s failed, it’s for a lot of reasons that have been overlooked in the relationship.

When your lover tells you that they’re leaving you, it’s because your lover thinks they’re too good for you. Or it’s because you’re a bad lover yourself.

Should you let someone go without a fight?

If you truly love someone, don’t let them go without a fight. If you’re not in love anymore, forget about it. But if you still have a soft spot, let your lover know how you feel about the impending break up. [Read: How to prove that you love someone the right way]

If you let a partner walk away as you stand silently, you’ll always feel like you could have done more to make the relationship work. You’ll spend all your time wondering about whether there was a chance for your relationship to work out. And when you leave a relationship with unfinished sentences, it’ll always bother you and you’ll spend days fantasizing about situations where you can tell your lover exactly how you feel about them.

Waiting for your lover to return

After you let someone go, if you spend all your time waiting for them to return, you’re totally ruining your life. Pining over a lost lover will worsen your heartbreak and you’ll never really be able to move on and find happiness.

Your lover may meet someone new, and even start a new relationship and be happy. But you’ll end up being the broken hearted loser who’s doing nothing but waiting patiently and sadly for your *true love* to return. [Read: 10 awesome things you should do after a break up]

Don’t be a martyr

There are some people who inflict pain upon themselves to feel good. Don’t be that person. Someone may have said years ago that if you love someone, you should let go of them. But really, if you love someone, why on earth would you want to let go of them in the first place?

Some of us get a sick sense of satisfaction by inflicting pain upon ourselves, especially in love. When we feel like we’re losing the one we love, instead of trying harder to make the relationship work, we go into a shell and accept failure even when we don’t want to. We feel good about it though, because the whole episode makes us feel like martyrs. We sacrificed our happiness just to see someone else happy. You feel like a saint because you’ve performed such a noble gesture. But guess what, your partner will never see that. Your lover will just think you were too lazy to try and pursue them.

If you’re a true romantic and you think that your lover’s truly the one for you, don’t leave things to chance and hope that things will work out. Nothing works out until you work towards achieving it. [Read: Top 20 reasons for divorce that couples overlook]

When egos enter the picture

Sometimes, you may let go of the one you love. But you may do it not out of love but because of the huge ego that swells around you. If both of you don’t want to make the first move to make up, perhaps neither of you are really in love with each other. [Read: How to let go of a relationship that's bad for you]

Times when you should let your lover go

#1 They’re in love with someone else.

#2 Your partner’s just not interested in trying to make the romance work.

#3 When both of you don’t make each other happy.

#4 Your partner’s constantly walking away from your life and coming back blowing hot and cold. [Read: How to fall out of love when you see no future together]

#5 Your lover doesn’t love you anymore.

The right way to let someone you love go away

Walking away without giving it your all is a coward’s way out. If you aren’t in love, of course, you don’t have to hold on to your partner. But if you truly do love them, then try to win them back by recreating those moments of happy love both of you experienced at the start of the relationship.

It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all. This is a better quote to live by in love. [Read: How to love someone without smothering them]

Try and look for ways to rekindle the romance in your relationship. Try hard and help your partner see how beautiful life can be in each other’s arms. But if you lose your love even after you’ve given it your all, you’ll at least know that you tried everything in your control to let someone know just how much they mean to you.

[Read: 25 important relationship rules for successful love]

So if you love someone, let them go. But only after you’re convinced that there’s nothing you can do to change their mind. Any other way will leave you feeling hurt, miserable and regretful for a long time.


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  • December 19, 2012 | Permalink |

    I am in love with someone but he goes to my acting class and I really like him but I don’t want him to read it or any thing but I am in love with him what kind I do I think he knows that I am in love with him but I don’t know what to to do I know he has a doughter and that but I got feelings for him and I don’t know what to do I need your help
    If he wants to be with me the thing is I am in love with him but I don’t know he is in love with me
    But what happens if he finds out and then he will hate me what if he tells me to go and then what I live going acting tell me what to do can you help me Thakes

  • unhappy wife
    July 22, 2013 | Permalink |

    I know my husband cheating,I ask him,and denies it.y can’t he just be truthful???but he never leaves??why?

  • alec
    December 18, 2013 | Permalink |

    The article is missleading. The quote you are referring to is about real love, but the arguments that the entire article is based on are taken from infatuated love. Which are totally opposed states of “love”.

  • Aleck
    December 23, 2013 | Permalink |

    How can you move on from someone who you loved so much more than yourself?

  • Ian
    March 30, 2014 | Permalink |

    Hey. We were together for 15 months and the final break up was our third time. Now, she’s 23 and I’m 33. Problem one. She wants to travel and get more experience in her career, I get that she needs too. During the relationship I got jealous of an ex she was still friends with basically because she told me when they broke up, she cried for two years over him. Now in truth I’m not 100% happy with myself and carried a lot of insecurities into the relationship. Which kills me. We’ve been broken up 7 weeks now and since then I didn’t contact her for the first two weeks until I saw her out in a nightclub. She pretty much ignored me and I broke down into her friends shoulder. Now since then once every week or two weeks I do things to get her attention, tagging old pics on Facebook, text her after I see her etc. saw her tonight and we did talk but she didn’t ask anything about me. Before she left to go home,I grabbed her tight into me and she rested her head on my chest and I kissed her forehead. We both a little merry and almost kissed. While holding her I stayed I missed her and said we still can be one day but she said we just weren’t meant to be. I saw her again while getting some chips and she kissed me on the check before going home. I really don’t know what to do anymore. Yes I want her to be happy more than anything else and I want to be happy too. Please someone help me!

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