As I was working around the house, I had the opportunity to blast some tunes of my own choosing. In other words, I was home alone. Really, that's the only time I can listen to music sans headphones. And I hate headphones.
Music is like memory glue. You hear a song, tie it to an event, and you'll forever associate the two. Like the first time someone asked you to dance ("Without You", by the way) or the time that a guy said a song reminded him of you ("Baby, Baby").
Every human and every unique emotion they experience must be tied to at least one song. I don't care if it's just "Happy Birthday."
This particular song I'm posting below is stuck in my head; powerful lyrics do that. This song wasn't around when I was younger, so it doesn't actually have a throwback spot of it's own in my distant memory, but it sure could have had one. Listening to this song made me think that everyone has felt like this at one time or another, unless you married the first person you dated and you're still together. God bless you people...
The end of a relationship is usually apparent long before anyone mentions it. Very few real surprises are out there, I'll bet. People have antennae that go up and then they ignore the messages they pick up.
And at the end, if you ever liked the other party (and come on now, you know you must have...), you don't really want to hurt them more than necessary or subject yourself to a scene. Lastly, there's always that hope that the other person will surprise you and somehow say something that is redemptive or healing - just so you don't have to go through the angst and frustration of breaking up. Alternately, it amazing how long some people drag it out; but I empathize. It's really hard to look at someone and think, "I've just given up on you."
This song is "Say Something" by Great Big World: