My friend looked towards me with wide compassionate eyes, "What would you tell him? If you ever see him again?"

"I would thank him for hurting me," I answered with a breathless laugh. "I know that sounds ridiculous but that experience has made me the person I am today, someone worth being proud of. He abandoned a weak, fragile girl one that he thought would be too damaged to eventually put herself back together. Honestly, at times, I thought that I was that girl too but there was so much inside of me I had no idea existed—until him."

"So he was worth it?"

I let out a deep breath of air. "Yes. Because I realized something else—love doesn't weaken people, it will only make them stronger. Despite what people may think."