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Wellness > Sex + Relationships

What It’s Like to Run Into Your Ex

Crap, is that your ex walking this way?!

As if you don’t see him enough. Seriously, how small is this campus?

Sadly, there isn’t a natural way to avoid him, as much as you want to head for the hills.

So you suck it up and prepare for another awkward encounter.

At first, you pretend you don’t see him and do your own thing like:

Because nothing says, “I’m fine without you” like having an awesome time wherever you are.

And the key to playing it cool is being cool, so you try and look effortlessly fabulous (cue that inner Beyonce!).

This way, when he’s close enough that you have to acknowledge him, you can seem really chill.

But when you actually greet him, you look something like this:

Then you’re forced into some polite small talk, but the whole time you’re thinking:

You pretend to care about what he’s been up to and how he’s doing, and when he asks about your life, you say,

And no matter what is said in your short-lived conversation, you’re secretly like:

Then there’s the inevitable silence before the two of you part, and you consider saying,

But maybe something more subtle would be appropriate….

You settle for a simple goodbye wave and hope that you never have to talk to him again.

Because you are a strong, independent woman, and there are plenty of other things to do besides see your ex…

…and you don’t know how nice you’ll be the next time around.

Connie is a professional and creative writing major at Carnegie Mellon University. She is currently obsessed with pole fitness, pumpkin bread, and '80s fashion.