In 2019 I met a man who I thought was the love of my life. I didn't think it would ever be possible to find someone I liked and loved so much, who ticked every box. Six months into our relationship he bought me a ring—not an engagement ring or a promise ring, but a ring that sat on my pinky finger and symbolized love, teamwork, and trust. We spent a wonderful year together, but the day after Valentine's Day, 2020 he broke up with me.
Taking off his ring was excruciating, and it made me realize how much meaning I had placed on it. After many months of grieving, prioritizing myself and my well-being, and getting my dream job, I decided that I would like to wear a new symbolic ring on my pinky finger, one that I will never have to take off because I gave it to myself and I know I will never let myself down.
The first anniversary of our breakup was this past Valentine's Day. While I'm still hurting, my new Self Love Pinky Ring reminds me that I've come a long way, and that by taking care of myself, I will always be okay.