American football coach, Vince Lombardi, once said: "Winners never quit, and quitters never win." For decades, this popular aphorism has remained within the general consciousness of our generation. But is it necessarily true? Should people stick it out with something or someone in the hopes of becoming successful?
Every person's experience is unique. There are a multitude of inspiring stories out there that feature the success of people who never gave up. Alternatively are the less glamorous but equally valid narratives of those who did give up and found success elsewhere. People's choices are governed by their own logic—if you think there are circumstances in the situation worth sticking with, then by all means, do so. Otherwise, find courage in yourself to let things go.
Quitting a relationship can be one of the most liberating yet terrifying things a person can do. It can be a marriage, a friendship, or even a relationship with a toxic family member; either way, giving up on someone can be a necessary although frightening experience. It's not easy either, especially for people who have fallen into codependent relationships that are abusive or tiring.
What's difficult about deciding whether or not to leave a relationship is that the matter rests entirely in your hands. No person can force to leave or stay with a person. But true courage shines in realising the toxicity of a situation, and leaving it, even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone or allowing yourself to feel pain for a while.