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Lilli Dellheim, Special to the Hawk • July 13, 2024

Somehow, heartbreak feels good in a place like this: Wear your heart on your arm, but cover it with your sleeve

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Heartbreaks come in all different shapes and sizes. Whether it’s a split from a best friend or a breakup or even losing someone we loved deeply, heartbreak is not just limited to a romantic relationship. To say heartbreaks are tough to get through would be an understatement, because they are truly one of the worst non-physical pains a person can feel. 

A lot of the time, we look at a broken heart as though it’s physically nothing. But when someone who we love, romantically or not, ghosts us or breaks things off, it hurts. If you start a Google search with “can heartbreak” it will autofill things in. For example “make you sick,” “cause depression,” “cause a heart attack” and “physically hurt,” which expresses how deep heartbreak can hurt. In my experience, I’ve learned that heartbreak alone might not be the reason someone has depression, but for me, it was definitely something that triggered it. 

Heartbreaks are a fact of life. No one has ever walked this earth without experiencing a heartbreak of some kind, and if they have, then honestly, good for them. Heartbreaks are brutal. When we struggle to get closure or someone ghosts us completely, it just makes things 10 times worse. But, on the good side of things, these feelings pass! You just have to allow yourself to go through the motions of daily life and feel your emotions, because you have every right to do so. If you are able to take your mind off of your heartbreak by doing something else, that can help you in more ways than just one. 

Baring your heart is a scary thing, and for someone who has severe anxiety, like myself, it can be frightening to jump into a relationship with the thought of how you might feel if it ends. But you are not alone in this concern, and everyone is in the same boat. We have to push through the fear, because we cannot avoid it, and we have to remind ourselves that this too shall pass. Heartbreak is just one more thing that we have to experience to reach our fullest potential and happiness. 

When I went through my first heartbreak, my mom told me that “you might just have to kiss a lot of frogs until you find your prince.” I would be lying if I said that she was wrong. Heartbreak happens to the best of us, and while we can mask our emotions and say we’re fine when we aren’t, deep down our heart has broken a little. 

Hearts are one of the strongest muscles in our body, and the cool thing about them is that they can rebuild themselves even when they have been shattered. The moral of the story is this: don’t allow the fear of how something beautiful might end stop you from loving with your whole heart. As Theresa Russo once said in “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “You’re just one broken heart closer to happily ever after.”

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