Unless you’re completely off the grid, you’re probably going to fall into the trap of stalking your ex on social media.
You’ll secretly deep dive into every female who leaves a trace on his Facebook profile.
When he starts dating and posting photos with a new paramour, you feel the anxiety building.
Of course the ultimate goal is to grow old with the man of your dreams, but for now, just try aiming for a date with a guy who makes you laugh.
Then look for a man who makes you want a second date.
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No matter how many sad songs you hear, it’s impossible to prepare for a breakup—especially one that ends a long, serious relationship.
Unless you plan to crawl under a rock and let love pass you by (which you don’t, obviously), you’re going to have to dust off your dating skills, fill your heart with hope, and begin again, at least eventually. It’s not going to be a cakewalk, but it’s not impossible, either. When the first, monstrous wave of grief and anger recedes after a breakup, you’ll be left standing on the beach, staring at a vast sea.
Metaphorically speaking, that sea should be full of fish, but it won’t seem that way. The idea of beginning again, of building up years worth of memories, inside jokes, trust, and plans for the future, can feel like yet another wave threatening to crush you.
Now that they’re on the other side, though, my anecdotes are slightly more terrifying.