This entry is taken from the author’s creative thematic review for a class on Writing about Culture (Ateneo de Manila University – Communication Department). Written by Kara R. Santiago on October 11, 2011.
A two-storey home in a nice subdivision, three children, a golden retriever and, of course, a loving husband. Life seemed so planned out and headed towards the goal you have been aiming for so long – until it self-destructs right before your very eyes. Yes, the devastating reality of a breakup hits you like an atomic bomb and you are left with no one but yourself to start picking up all the shattered pieces.
Being newly single can lead to a ton of emotional meltdowns that might eventually escalate into what I’d like to call the Bridget Jones’ syndrome. Falling into this trap only means three things: a tub of ice cream, All By Myself playing on loop and a sea of tears all over the floor.
But really, who needs that?
While getting out of a relationship you have invested so much on might seem like the end of the world, there are pressing consequences that a heartbroken woman could overlook. There’s her career, her beauty and her road of self-discovery, to name a few. Succumb to the tempting calls of depression to literally just forget the world and sulk, and you are surely in for a downhill ride from the top down to ground zero.
Read along and discover the steps you can take to finally stand up and start over. Unlike other inspirational pieces that just empower and repeat the words “It’s time to move on!” this piece will literally get you up and about.
Here are some tried and tested, better than a boyfriend and fool proof ways of saying hello to a new, improved you. And, when I tell you that I’ve been there and done that, you ought to trust me. 100% satisfaction guaranteed!