7/22/13: How to Fall Out of Love
1. Go swimming. Sit at the bottom of the pool and look at the sky— take note of how the sun and the water interact. Come up for air. Breathe. Repeat. Repeat until the glittering water seems more beautiful than their eyes. Swallow mouthfuls of chlorinated water until the bitterness washes out the taste of their name on your lips.
2. Stop listening to their favorite music.
3. Love can be a poison of sorts, so let it get out of your system. The pain, the aching, it will subside. Be patient. Fill the empty space in your chest with moments of happy solitude: pick yourself wildflowers, wake up for the sunrise, bake cookies in your underwear, lay in the grass and stargaze by yourself. You are okay. You are okay. You are okay.
4. Stop telling yourself you were not in love, and do not allow yourself to invalidate your own feelings. You were in love, it was not a casual “crush,” it was big, it was great, and it moved you. You are okay, but you fell in love and you need to accept that if you are to move on.
5. Let your stomach turn, let it twist, let it hurt when you think of them. The hurt won’t last forever.
6. Stop writing about them— stop making metaphors for their eyes. Stop cutting yourself open and pouring yourself out because it will feel like you have nothing when you try to stitch yourself back up.
7. Remember the others you fell in love with. Bask in the knowledge of their current irrelevancy in your life. One day this will feel unimportant.
8. Do not get drunk. Drink enough to feel light and for laughter to float out of your lungs without question, fall in the grass and stumble home, be perfectly, unregrettably stupid. Do not text or call them. Look at the moon and bask in its beauty.
9. Love other people. Fall easily and safely, be swept away by strangers walking past you in the street. Dance with people you will never meet again and smile wide at everyone. Kiss frequently. Drown yourself in the sensation of touching other people who are not them.
10. You are going to be okay."
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