Heartbreak is a universal phenomenon, but its beauty lies in its uniqueness to everyone experiencing it. Amidst the cliches and observations across generations, it remains an intimate experience that miraculously holds the ability to transform your life. Though it may be difficult, heartbreak comes in waves, some high and some low. Flow with it, allow it to sink in, and soon you will find yourself swimming to the shore of your most remarkable beach.
Digitalization has made it easy to access resources such as therapists, psychologists, coaches, and more. While social media can be deceiving, it can connect you with like-minded communities when looked at perceptively. Additionally, there are numerous meditative, motivational, journal writing, self-care, and workout apps to choose from to revive discipline in your life. Remember not to undervalue your pain, take your time. There is no rush to arrive at your best energy or spirit. There is no rush to redefine relationships. Keep an eye out for your best version, for it will happen soon. Moving forward, this blog will bring you the most beautiful excerpts from books and movies that capture the rewarding, honest, and magical essence of heartbreak. Reading through them will be cathartic.
1) Amélie” directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, brings you a beautiful soliloquy by the protagonist, Amélie, as she reminisces about her heartbreak and urges herself to move forward:
“Without you, today’s emotions would be the scurf of yesterday’s. Without you, the world would be a garden without roses… Thank you for the love you gave and gave with all your heart. You made me see the importance of those little crumbs of happiness we’re offered every day. And I want to believe in it. You made me believe that there’s a place for everyone in the world. That maybe one day, we’ll all be able to keep a few days of sunshine stored up in our pockets.”
2) One of the most beautiful heartbreak soliloquies in literature is found in “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The narrator, Nick Carraway, speaks of Gatsby’s yearning for his lost love, Daisy Buchanan, and how despite his heartbreak, he continues to strive toward his dreams:
“He smiled understandingly-much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”
3) Call Me By Your Name” by André Aciman – In this novel, Elio’s dad reflects on his relationship with Oliver and the pain of having to let him go. These are the most liberating words every written.
“We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything—what a waste!”
4) “La La Land” directed by Damien Chazelle
“I’m always gonna love you, but I’m not in love with you anymore. And I don’t know what to do to get that feeling back. I don’t know how to get back to the way we were. I don’t know if it’s possible… Do you know what’s wrong with jazz? It’s purely nostalgic. It’s a longing for a time that maybe never even existed. You know, it’s… it’s silly. It’s… It’s funny. I mean, you know, when I was a little girl, I used to love musicals. There’s this one movie I used to watch over and over again. I was absolutely in love with it. Gene Kelly, it was called ‘The Band Wagon’. And there’s this scene where they’re on the rooftop in New York, and it’s just so romantic, and… you know, they start to dance together, and then there’s this moment where they just look into each other’s eyes, and… and he takes her hand, and… bingo. That’s how I want it to feel. That’s what I want to do. I just don’t know how to get there anymore.”
At times, it can be draining, flustering, and downright flabbergasting. However, with time, it does get better, and eventually, much better.