We've taken a break, now what?

I told him to do what he wants to do, but that I didn't want to hear about any of it. I'm not interested in anyone else nor doing anything with anyone else. I simply felt like a break from the relationship was needed. I tried to do nothing but the thoughts of it would preoccupy me when I was meant to focus on other things. I have school, I have my own well-being and my attention would be hindered by the problems of the relationship or the relationship itself. He doesn't seem to understand the impact it has on me (and that's fine). I want to kickstart us again, a reboot. But a part of me feels like he will never see us as worth fighting for again, so I want to begin forgetting him. Like I tried to explain, over and over again, how upset it was making me, that I felt unloved and criticised, that I needed x and y, but nothing would happen. I just don't know what to do? I don't want to believe it's over, and he'd say he understands, loves and cares about me, but the truth is that I didn't see that happen, I didn't see effort and telling him this hurt him, which I didn't like to do. I just don't understand what I should do or if I should keep investing my time in this. I want to, but I will feel so stupid if everything fails once again. I was asking for the most minimal things, too. My self-esteem has gone to complete shit.

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