I understand that energy is NEEDED to BREAK bonds. But don't chemical bonds already have some form of potential energy in them already? So wouldn't it make sense that even though energy is required to break them, their potential energy is also RELEASED once they are broken?
In other words, shouldn't the bond breaking process be considered simultaneously endothermic AND exothermic?
Side note: I'm studying grade 12 level chemistry right now, so I don't have too much knowledge on the nitty gritty details of this concept. That being said, It would be greatly appreciated if anyone could explain this in very simple terms.