It is a truth universally acknowledged that starting a relationship is easier than keeping one. That’s not to imply that starting is easy; it’s not. But the skills required for each stage are so different, one would think they aren’t related at all. This is why so many people start over so many times.

Starting only requires maintaining a pretense, for lack of a better word. You’re showing the best version of yourself. Keeping, on the other hand, requires a great deal more. You can’t fake it anymore. You’ve got to be you and let the chips fall where they may.

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