Moving on in a relationship means to live your life without thinking of that person constantly, to not be sad about the end of the relationship, or to not think about what you could have done differently or what the relationship “could have been.”
There are many aspects of this. After a relationship, we’re all guilty of checking up on our ex on social media. When you’ve moved on, you’ll no longer look at their Instagram page and get sad or jealous when they post a pic of their new boo. Another part in realizing you’ve accepted the end of a relationship: when you’ve given up calling or texting them and trying to get back together, and accepted that things played out how they were meant to. There is also the matter of all the stuff that you gathered of theirs, or things they gave you. You’ll realized you’ve moved on when you can look at that old teddy bear and reminisce on the fond memories rather than breaking down in tears. Also, you won’t feel the urge to cut up his old sweatshirt or throw the bracelet he gave you into the ocean.
A huge part of moving on, especially when you were the one who got hurt, is forgiving the person. Though it may be hard if they broke your heart, there is nothing to be gained by holding a grudge. Keeping these negative feelings towards them bottled up won’t hurt them, but will keep their hold over you. Revenge does nothing but make you look like the bad guy.
An additional obvious part of moving on is finding someone else. An aspect of this which a lot of people don’t understand is that you’re not replacing the person, in that you’re not jumping from one relationship to another to fill the empty space, but you’re finding someone new or better to give you what they couldn’t. On the other hand, you could “move on” by accepting that it’s ok to be alone and love yourself for a while.
There are many more points that I haven’t mentioned but I think the explanation is pretty clear: you’ve moved on when you can go on knowing that the relationship happened, and though it may not have worked out, you lived and you learned.