"Moving away from close relationships is always difficult; there is a familiarity and pattern that is at once joyful and comforting. But when it becomes clear that it will not endure, it is better to cause a short period of discomfort and acknowledge the undesired truth, than conceal that realisation and endure a downward spiral that could end in a burst of bitterness and recrimination. It is painful to do this.
But it would be a capital mistake to believe that the relationship has not been good for both of us; there has been support, and joy, and community, and trust. There are many moments that will be cherished forever, and even once we part, a dim wonder will linger, asking whether the joy would have continued were this the path not taken. Such as it is always between the best of friends; if it were easy, it would never have happened.
We will now move on, both enriched, hopefully to fine and wonderful things. Though we will be apart, we will remain fast friends -- and I hope that you prosper, to continue on to be the good in the world, and that the new relationships you forge will be warm, fruitful, and long-lasting."