It can be hard when a relationship has run its course, when there's no more gas left in the tank but you keep pushing the proverbial car forward hoping to reach your destination.

Sometimes you need to leave the car at the side of the road and keep making your way on foot. It's okay to ditch a bad relationship, and it'll be better for all parties involved in the long run.

You just have to know what signs to look for, and thankfully, the internet can provide a litany of examples.

Reddit user, Nonchalant_Calypso, wanted to know when the magic ended when they asked:

"What was the moment you knew your relationship was over?"

Your relationship should be something that brings you joy, on a near daily basis. If there's a repeated sense of dread then maybe it's time for a talk.

Knowing You Have To Spend Any Amount Of Time With Them

"When she came up on caller id and my first thought was 'Ugh.'"


"I had a similar feeling in my first marriage. I'd come home, turn onto our street, see her car already in the driveway, and have the same feeling... 'ugh.'"


When The Drama Is Never-Ending

"When you dread her name coming up on caller ID because you knew it was an argument about nothing. Don’t settle for an angry life."


When You Don't Smile Like You Used To

"I was at my best friend's wedding. When he saw his bride walking down the aisle, he had a grin so big it looked like it could have exploded right off of his face. He was so happy to be marrying this person. And when I thought about my, now-ex, gf I realized that I just didn't feel that way about her."

"I will say, when I married my wife, I was grinning like an idiot."


When Your Day Night Is Awful

"When I realized I dreaded Fridays, our standard date night, and saw it as something I needed to get past before I could start enjoying the weekend."


Sometimes you look at a relationship through foggy lenses, unaware of how terrible your partner actually is.

Because once you realize it, wow, there's no going back. ​

When The Cheating Was Going To Happen Right In Front Of You

"My ex & I were not living together, but he had the key to my place. I told him that I was gonna go see my parents for the weekend, but then changed my mind last minute because I started feeling sick. I forgot to tell him & just went home after work & went to bed. I woke up around 10pm to get a glass of water & while I was in the kitchen I heard someone fumbling at the door with the lock. I freaked out because I lived on the 17th floor, so if it was a break in, I was f-cked. All of a sudden he walks in..... dragging a tipsy girl in behind him."

"I just stood there while he tried to make up some sort of excuse as to WHY he was there. The girl was pretty shocked too."


When They SUCK

"When I was going through a miscarriage and he couldn’t take me to the ER because he was in fantasy leagues and football was on."


"Damn that goes way beyond just not loving you anymore and into worthless piece of sh-t territory."


When They SUCK. Hard.

"She poisoned my cat 🐈 Mr Noodle"


"Edit: Thanks everybody for the support, and if you're asking: yeah I got the police involved"


No one likes the talk, and even fewer people will act on it the moment they feel it, but what will hurt worse? The talk or letting your relationship reach these levels?

When You Fade From Their View

"You can see it in their eyes when they don't love you anymore."

"I'll never forget that feeling."


"You absolutely can. It's like they are looking past you, yet right at you.. ugg. It's terrible .. Been there a few times."


Cheating, Sure, But Completely Misreading The Situation

"The day my mom passed away (the coroner hadn't even come for her body yet) with zero consideration on how I felt and what I was going through my ex-fiancé thought it was great idea and a good time to tell me he has been cheating on me for the last 6 years, and how sorry he was for it."

"He wasn't sorry he did it, but he sorry because the other woman had lied to him about who she really was and he wanted me to comfort him because he felt betrayed by her...."

"When I promptly broke up with him, he asked "wait is this really goodbye?" how could you do this to me now?"


When They Look For The Right Moment In The Wrong Time

"Yeah. Long time girl friend broke it off between us after my Father died. Basically, she felt since I would feel less grief then over us, as I was already feeling so bad about Pop's passing. I later learned, this happens a lot."


Don't feel bad when it has to end. Think of it as a fresh start for you both and make the tough call.

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