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I don't think this is the best example to follow though.
We were together for almost 3 years. We had our ups and downs like everyone else, but our relationship eroded over time because I let work/university stress me out. I grew cold, and I took him for granted. Things got to the point I broke up with him just to be able to concentrate some more.
When I realized what I had done, I couldn't bear it. He was the most loving boyfriend I could imagine. He had always put me first before him. He was literally the only person who had always stood up for me and been there whenever I needed him, and I had ditched him just like that. I was a bitch.
As days passed, my mistake hurt more and more. Who cares how well you're doing at school when you hurt someone so much and ended up alone for it? Was it worth it?
We kept in touch, but things didn't move. I went out on a weekend to distract myself.. only to run into him. After hesitating a bit, he hugged me, and I couldn't take it anymore. I asked him out so we could talk. He accepted, but after my apology he didn't take me back. He was still hurting after all. However, we kept in touch and in the end, after some weeks, he took me back.
After that, we were OK for a year. I knew better now than to give too much importance to stupid stuff.
However..he started drinking.
He didn't drink by himself, but peer pressure got him. Sometimes he wouldn't remember what he did last night. Others..he would get violent with his friends. Once, he accepted somebody's drugs and hurt himself in its effects.
After some time, I got scared. I talked to him. He agreed he'd stop it, but he didn't. He grew cold as well.
Then he went to a festival with his friends. This festival is known for being a messy alcohol fest. I was upset..but he promised he'd behave. FF to 3am.. and he drunk calls me. He had punched his friends. He didn't remember sh*t. He had lost a shoe.
I really loved him, but I couldn't stand it. We broke up again. It was difficult, but I learned to cope with it.
Eventually, a guy asked me out. I didn't really feel like dating, but I needed the distraction and he seemed nice so I accept...only to run into my ex. Again. He was with some girl from his class. We greeted each other and went back to our respective tables. It was... weird.
As time passed, I really got into the new guy. He was sweet and we had much in common. My ex got in touch. He really wanted to get back together. However, I wasn't ready for that.
Eventually, things didn't work with the new guy. My ex asked me back again. I turned him down as I didn't feel like dating for a while. We kept in touch though. After some time, I learned he had quit drinking and started working on the problems he had. That really moved me, and in the end I gave him a chance just like he had given me one before.
Things have been fine so far, and I hope we've both learned our lessons. It's better to solve things together and not just walk away!