–Picture it. You’re in the grocery store, picking up a few things for dinner. As you begin to make your way to the poultry aisle, you’re immediately stopped dead in your tracks as if you’ve seen a ghost. You look closer and behold it’s your ex. Not just any ex, but THE EX—the one who broke your heart into a million little pieces.
Immediately, your mind rapidly races while your heart begins to pound like it’s about to jump out of your chest. And as you begin to zone in and out replaying the tumultuous break-up in your mind, you’re saying to yourself, “Ugh, what should I do? Did s/he see me? Damn, yea s/he saw me, s/he’s walking over now. Should I just run? What do I say?” And suddenly, snapping you out of the panic attack is her/his voice, “Hey what’s up? It’s been a long time.” And you say …
Many times after a bad break-up, we seem to think we would know what to say should we happen to run into our exes. Of course, a slew of obscenities are always at the top of that list. But rather than let emotions get the best of you (don’t forget the months of therapy you’ve gone through), here are a few choice words you can use should you run into see your ex after a bad breakup.
1. “Thank you for everything!”
Life is about experiences. And with every experience, good and bad, we learn a little something about ourselves and what it is that we want in and out of life. As the old proverb says: Everything happens for a reason. And thanking your ex will show her or him that you have moved on successfully, and you’re happy where your life is now … without her or him.
2. “You were the best thing I never had.”
Allow Beyonce’s hit “Best Thing I Never Had” to be the soundtrack in your head when you run into your ex for the first time. With lines like, “It sucks to be you right now” and “What goes around, comes back around”–all you really need to do is just sing the whole song. She or he will get the idea.
3. “It’s OK, don’t worry about what happened, apparently I had bad taste back then.”
It’s like the classic “it’s not you, it’s me” defense. And although that can be a little passive aggressive—not often condoned in relationships—at this point who cares, you’re no longer in that relationship. Besides, this will help you get your point across to an ex without looking crazy and having to fly off the handle.
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