Ending Relationships In Your 30s - AskMen
Breakups are way harder in your 30s. Here's I loved her, but I knew this had run its course. First off Dissolving a partnership is a longer process than getting over f*cking your college girlfriend. It started and ended fast. Splitting up with someone in your 30s doesn't have to feel like the end of the world. What term do you want to search? Where, in my 20s, I moved on to new relationships without thinking about much beyond how Now that I'm no longer lording over his kitchen, he grows herbs on his windowsill, buys. You're not imagining it -- it's hard to break up in your 30s. wait longer to seriously date, meaning years-long relationships now end in the third.
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Having been together for 10 years, he understands me better than most and still celebrates my successes and consoles me if I fail. He's discovering new passions, too. The rare occasions he cooked used to lead to a massive mess and relationship-busting stress.
Now that I'm no longer lording over his kitchen, he grows herbs on his windowsill, buys recipe books and has cooked me more meals than he ever did when we were together. I'd never lived alone before we split up so moving into my own place was exciting and scary. Which is what I did.
That's not to say there haven't been difficult times when being single feels more like EastEnders than Friends. I mean, that sounds like fun, but it also sounds like maybe your relationship wasn't ever much more than a sex life.
So now that that's diminished, there's nothing else to support it. Your ability to communicate openly with him seems to have never really developed. You make assumptions about why he's acting a certain way, when you two haven't even talked about what you assume to be the cause of his behavior. The whole thing sounds very cold.
If you don't feel comfortable talking about basic relationship and communication issues with him, and any attempt at future planning or just getting him to help you with a simple party preparation task is met with resistance and tantrums, I am not sure what is there to be fixed as opposed to just ending it. As to the question of 30 year-old women breaking off long-term relationships that they'd previously thought would be life-long but turned out to be awful, I did it, and I am so glad I did.
Years ago, I never would've dreamed of breaking up with my now ex-boyfriend. I seriously thought that if I wasn't with him, I didn't care to meet anyone else and I'd just be single forever. It seemed like too much effort to meet someone new and go through all the introductory stuff again when, in a way, I was comfortable with the ex, I knew him so well, although I also knew it had become a terrible relationship and I didn't have high hopes for a great future with him.
But I did end it, and I am so, so, so glad I did it. I have grown a lot since then in ways that I could never have done while in that relationship. There were definitely some other similarities to your situation as well the partying early years, the eventual dwindling-to-nothing sex, the emotional withholding, me initiating the majority of the plans, etc.
Although it was painful and depressing to split up, I am in hindsight just regretful that I didn't break things off with him sooner; it would have been kinder for us both. Now that I've had about seven years' worth of additional dating and relationship experience, I've realized that his and my relationship was very surface-level, very much based on having a good time, but not so much about communicating and interacting in an adult way.
Yes, I've should've been more open and communicative about these problems earlier, and approached the situation in a less passive aggressive way.
I'll have a think about how better to lead into the discussion which needs to be had, more directly and constructively. It does make me quite sad to think that our relationship may have been quite superficial all along.
We got along so well all throughout the years, hardly ever fought, hardly ever had any truly difficult conversations. Is it because we are right for each other, or because our relationship never truly matured? I'm still not sure about the answer to that.
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It all does sound quite cold doesn't it. At the moment I am feeling pretty detached.
Maybe because I've been running in circles, having been here before and felt like this before. I think last time I felt more hopeful about the whole thing but this time around my doubts have risen up I was 43 and am a man, so I know this doesn't totally address your questions when I was broken up with after a 15 year relationship. I felt really broken, really unattractive, really damaged goods, and to some extent I was.
And even being honest about that, being careful to communicate with any potentials, to work through my issues, to be there for my parents, to navigate moving myself and my neurotic cat cross country from Baltimore to Berkeley, all things considered, I found someone to have a relationship and a good match she is too within about 6 - 9 months of the breakup.
Within maybe 2 - 3 months of looking. But I had mistakenly thought that my previous mate was my soul mate. I was desolate when we broke up, desolate when we separated our affairs, convinced there wouldn't be anyone for me in the wide world. But there was, pretty soon after I started looking around. There are always good partners available to build into your life if you go looking.
It won't be the same, but in your relationship's case, that sounds like it would be a shame anyway. You will find more adventure, more ways to share your good heart, more and different ways to enjoy your life, if you need to go looking. I was devastated because I really thought we would end up together. We had a relationship that sounds similar to the beginning of yours--we went out a lot, drank, had good sex, woke up late.
And that was about it. That lifestyle is unsustainable.
Life is not just good times; life is difficult conversations, hard decisions, tough moments. When we broke up I thought I would never be happy again but now that I am on this side of it I realize that our relationship was based entirely on having a good time, and without that we really have little in common and therefore no viable future.
We also never really fought--you know why? Because I was too afraid to bring up my feelings of wanting a greater commitment and wanting to plan a life together because I didn't want to scare him off.
I just went along with everything hoping one day he would mature and sweep me off my feet and propose. I am now the happiest I have ever been in my life.
Getting out of that relationship was one of the best things to happen to me. Yes, absolutely, but probably not on a conscious level.
Ending Relationships In Your 30s
And not all guys - everybody is different, and that's important to remember. Speaking for myself, I think that the only difference between being lovers and really close friends is sex.
So when I'm in a relationship and don't have sex for a long period of time, it makes me mentally start questioning the relationship. I start asking myself whether we're really lovers or friends, and if we're only friends, why do I allow myself to publically have a "relationship" label that stops me from sleeping with other women? If my significant other doesn't want to have sex, that's fine, but if that's the case, she should at least allow me to have an affair on the side.
This approach comes highly recommended by Dan Savage. Then eventually I start to feel resentful about it. However, just as you don't feel sexual unless you feel an emotional connection, you should consider that other people may not feel emotional without a sexual connection, and that mentality is no less valid than yours.
Furthermore, if you're not fulfilling your partner's needs, it seems odd that you would expect him to fulfill yours.
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My ex and I grew apart after about as much time, in a similar way, but it wasn't because either of us was delaying growing up. It's just because we had grown apart, is all. Some of that was definitely due to differences in goals she wanted to sell our awesome little house and buy a bigger one we couldn't afford, while I did not; she wanted more than two children while I wanted to stop at two, etc but I imagine that those differences would have been things we could have worked out if the rest of the relationship had been functioning well.
A relationship, a good one, is not simply about the "business" aspects - planning things, buying things, etc. That stuff is so easy to negotiate that people who are not intimate do it all the time every day. So if you find yourself frustrated by that aspect of things, it means there's something else going wrong - some missing intimacy, friendship, romance.
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Were those things there, you and your BF would find it fairly easy to negotiate the business stuff. Why is this important, since you've already decided to leave him? Well, in forming your next relationship, its going to matter whether you buy into the idea that he's some character out of Sex And The City with a cute "type" label or whether you choose to see him, and by extension, your relationship to him as complex and beautiful in its own way. Relationships end because human beings are actually not very good at lifelong monogamy.
Leaving this one and going to the next one, you could choose to see your boyfriend as a full person from whom you happen to have grown apart, which will open up opportunity for you to do self-reflection of what you want from your next relationship - not just what kind of partner you want but also what kind of partner you want to be - OR you could call him a "zero," learn nothing, resent him, and not grow.
While your relationship was awesome, it was awesome. Your boyfriend was part of that. Celebrate it, and him, while recognizing that a thing which is finite in its nature has come to its natural end, and move on to the next one.
My ex and I broke up by mutual agreement in early ; I was 29, about to turn 30, he was around five years older. We'd been together since I was What happened then was: I was really sad for a few months!
Which didn't mean breaking up was a mistake, just that breakups are difficult. I started dating, which it turned out was super-easy and pretty good fun. I was 30 during this stage and I certainly didn't feel like my dating pool was unduly limited by that - went on dates with people ranging from early 20s to early 40s, but most of the repeats were with people around my age.
I wasn't looking for an actual relationship - I thought I'd be better off spending a year or so single - but after a few months of nice random dating there was a boy I liked more than any of the others, and we kind-of stumbled into one. That was maybe eighteen months ago now. I have friends of around my age who've had similar experiences - long relationships that they might've assumed would go on for ever, but which didn't - and they're all happier now than they were towards the end of their long-relationships-that-turned-out-not-to-be-for-ever.
It can take a while, of course. That you've wasted time on this- you haven't, its fine. That you're getting older- you are, but you're still young and hot. That you won't meet someone else- you will! I'm on my 3rd boyfriend since my marriage, and I think that he's the one I'm so glad I did - it was painful to do, but once the ball was rolling I felt like a huge weight had been lifted.
I was also like you in that we were headed toward some big life changes buying a flat, also lots of discussions about trying for a baby. However, I knew deep down it wasn't right. I've read it about 50 times.How To Break Up With Someone Who Loves You The Right Way: A Relationship Experts Shares A Few Tips
Since the breakup, I've been dating and having a great time, and have met some cool guys.