Hello all, I feel the need to vent.
As of a few days ago, my girlfriend of 4 years and I decided to "take a break." I hate that phrase, it's a death sentence, albeit a slow and gradual death. I hate it so much because I have used that excuse with women in the past. It's the easy way out, a cowards way of letting someone go slowly. I don't think that is the situation with my girlfriend and I. I mean, how do you end something after 4 years?
Anyway, now that I am sort of single, I don't know what to do with myself. I don't know who I am anymore. My girlfriend was such a huge part of my identity that I feel that I have lost half of my self. We have gone through periods of distance and other trials, but this is so much different.
Has anyone gone through this? How do you deal with it and how long did it take for you to feel comfortable in your own skin again? How long did you wait to start meeting new people? With the exception of one month between girlfriends, I haven't been single in 5 years. I just don't know what to do. I want to meet someone and begin a new relationship, I just don't know if that would be the most healthy thing to do right now.
Thanks for any constructive advice.