Let’s be real, relationships are hard. They’re a far cry from the fairytale romances we were read as kids, that’s for sure. There’s introspection to be done, and painful lessons to be learned, and sometimes things just don’t play out the way we had hoped. Heartache is an unavoidable part of life, but there are a few grounding principles that can make the journey a little easier. Listed below are a few important lessons I’ve learned through years of trial and error that will hopefully help you, my fellow romantics, heal your heart and prepare for the future.