Gabe and I had an intense connection since childhood, but dating never worked due to timing, maturity, and egos.
I believed Gabe was my soulmate, but our toxic relationship pushed me to make the impossible choice to disappear from his life.
Ghosting Gabe started a painful adjustment phase that taught me valuable life lessons I might never have learned otherwise.
I learned to exist as a separate person outside a relationship and realized my identity shouldn't be wrapped around someone else's opinion.
I also realized that I teach people how to treat me, and I made it a goal to tackle relationship problems head-on.
I embraced the parts of myself that Gabe didn't like and learned that no one should make me feel ashamed of who I am.
I had to examine my own actions and decide what was truly important to me for relationships going forward.
I became more selective about who I dated and stopped settling for second-best.
Being near someone who's known you for years can pigeonhole you, but I evolved as a person and discovered new aspects of myself.
I learned to prioritize my own concerns and goals and not get lost in my primal aching for someone else's approval.