When you can’t let go of the memory of a person, you’re holding onto a construct that no longer exists. In reality, that person has changed and so have you, so let them go. To let go of someone does not mean to lose them, it simply means abandoning constructs that are no longer serving you and coming to terms with your reality. It means realizing who the person is now rather than ruminating on who they were before. Only by taking back your power from the past can you start taking responsibility for your present.
I’m still holding onto the little bit of hope I have left.
I’m still holding onto the possibility that I’ll be okay one day.
I’m still holding onto the hope that one day I will mend myself into the person I want to be.