Did I Have to Leave My Partner to Like Him Again?

The perks of breaking up.

Rhyena Halpern
Hello, Love
Published in
3 min readDec 8, 2023

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I was with my former partner for 23 years. It was a slog. Like the sound of fingernails scraping on a blackboard. Like sandpaper on my heart.

The years piled up so many violations, unacceptable and often immoral behaviors, and multiple addictions that I was left not liking him, not respecting him, and fairly…

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Rhyena Halpern
Hello, Love

End of Life Doula who loves to write on Death & Dying, Third Act/Retirement, Wellness, Healing & Trauma, Sexuality/Romance/Aging. rhyhalpern@gmail.com