"Getting over someone can be a pain in the ass. We don’t want to do it, but we know that we have to. We can’t just sit around and be sad – time is ticking and those 12 weeks of college fly by pretty quickly."
It’s pretty commonplace in college, you’ve been “casually” seeing someone for a little while and then it all goes downhill, rapidly, sort of like a landslide.
Maybe he went off with someone else, maybe he told you he didn’t like you, or maybe he just flat out ignored you. I’m going to put my passive aggression away for this article, I promise.
Whatever happened, you need to realise that it’s over now, life goes on and there’s no point sitting around and feeling sorry for yourself.
Ask yourself, will it matter in ten years? The answer will probably be no, and if that’s the case, here’s a guide to getting over somebody that was never really yours in the first place.
Step one is to realise that there’s nothing wrong with you. Even if he didn’t hit you up with the age old “It’s not you, it’s me” thing, take it into your own hands to apply it to the situation.
Maybe he just didn’t want a relationship, or maybe you just weren’t his cup of tea. That can be a hard one to swallow, but do you fall in love with every guy you come into contact with? Well, it’s probably the same for him.
We all have our preferences and you should never change yourself for anybody.
Step two is to avoid being a hermit. Stop lurking around your room all alone for the day, it’s not helping anyone. You should probably change out of your pajamas too.
Get out there and do something, even putting on a bit of makeup is going to help you feel better about yourself.
Personally, I like to head to the gym to blow off steam. Nothing like sweating out your frustrations on a treadmill while listening to Taylor Swift remixes. No, I’m not crying, I’m just sweating I swear.
Step three is to get back in the game. Whatever was going on between you two wasn’t serious, so you can thank God that you don’t have to endure the guessing game of when is considered appropriate to move on.
Go out with your friends, drink tequila, throw some eyes across the dance floor to guys that look attractive now but won’t the next day. “Why did you let me shift him?” is always a nice distraction topic with the housemates.
And step four is for when you’re out and about and have overindulged in the three Jagerbombs for a tenner deal. Delete his number, block him on Snapchat, break your phone, cut off your hands, whatever.
Just please God, do not contact him when you’re drunk. You’re only going to get a bad response, or even worse, no response at all.
Before you know it you’re stumbling home, with no reply on your phone and you're banging down your door because you’ve lost your keys. When the door is eventually opened by your sleepy housemate you’ll storm up the stairs to ball your eyes out crying. All because he didn’t reply, because it’s 3 am and he was probably asleep. Avoid the hassle, don’t text him.
Step five is to apply an inspirational quote to the situation. I’m a big fan of this one, and I like to use “What will be, will be” on the regular, an example being when I’ve ordered pizza for the third time in one week.
Never a failure, always a lesson is a firm favourite of mine as well when it comes to relationships. Everything happens for a reason, learn from what went wrong this time. You’ll probably realise exactly what you don’t want from a relationship in the future.
And finally, step six is to stick to your guns. It could be weeks or it could be months, but you never know when they might chance their luck with you again. If it didn’t work out the first time, there’s a reason.
And I promise you, waking up feeling smug because you turned them down is better than the sea of regret you’ll be swimming in if you go back to them.
Even if you change your mind by the end of the night, when you mutter “I think I want to shift John” under your breath and your housemate has to drag you home by your hair, you still managed to keep away and that’s the main thing. Go you!
So buck up and move on, you’re going to have to go through a lot of frogs before you find your Prince. Why waste your college years crying about boys that don’t like you?