Keep your relationship private without keeping your partner a secret. There’s a difference between privacy and secrecy.
It hurts until it doesn’t. You think it’s going to break you, but it won’t. You may not sleep as well at night, but you will be fine. Numb, but numb and fine are the same.
The hardest part about walking away from someone is the part where you realize that, no matter how slowly you go, they will never run after you.
Even if you know what’s coming, you’re never prepared for how it feels.