It Took Me 3 Painful Break-Ups to Finally Realize Love’s True Meaning

Love isn’t (just) a hormonal cocktail, deep connection, or lock-and-key compatibility

Neeramitra Reddy
Human Parts
Published in
6 min readFeb 15, 2024

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Photo collage of the author with his 3 ex-girlfriends (Who form the base of this article)
All photos in this article courtesy of the author (Faces blurred for privacy reasons)

Hiding the hot tears streaking my face, I stormed away. The soccer court that used to blush at our starlit kisses mocked me. Her taunting half-smile threatened to haunt me.

We’d both known from the start it couldn’t last. She was going abroad for her master’s, and I was only a sophomore. But my naive teenage self was drunk on hope — and “We’ll see when the time comes” arrogance.

Her absence drained my face and world of color. Life became a loop of Lana Del Rey, heartache, and nostalgia…

The serendipity that cast her as the photographer of my bodybuilding debut. The stirring eye contact that made me hunt for her — offline and online. Our world-melting first kiss. Time-dissolving strolls under starlit skies. The silent library hours of singing hormones.

“It was true love. How cruel of the world to separate us.” I drowned in self-pity.

The author’s bodybuilding meet where he first saw his then-girlfriend and the only photo with her he’d ever taken
The fateful meet she’d photographed and the only photo of ours I’d taken.

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Neeramitra Reddy
Human Parts

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