If the handwriting is on the wall -- you sense it's over though you're not
ready to admit it-- how can you prepare yourself? For starters, ask for
feedback. Be blunt; ask him if the signals you think you are detecting are the
ones that he wants to be sending. If you have to force to the conversation, you
probably have your answer right there.
Prepare yourself for being alone by rekindling those friendships that you may
have neglected during your relationship. Also make an effort to make new friends
that have no connection to the two of you. Protect yourself from constant
reminders of your ex. If you and your soon-to-be-former lover have
"your" special places, try going there with other friends to establish
a new association in your mind. It is too easy to get sentimental about the
restaurants, movie houses, and hang-outs where you used to meet.
"Detoxify" these places, or after a few relationships you may find
yourself without any place to go! If you are handed one of the five lines below,
don't beg or plead. Realize he or she wants the relationship over. You can ask
for more explanation, but really what you want is to know it was once real, you
once were loved, and still can be lovable. Hopefully you'll get some
reassurance, but accept the end and move on.