By ROSIE WATERLAND
Break-ups are the worst.
Could I have put that more eloquently? Probably.
If you’ve ever been dumped though, you really don’t need much more than that to get where I’m coming from. They are THE WORST.
But, you do come out the other side of them eventually, and with a whole bunch of valuable life lessons to boot. Lessons that will help you navigate your way through the murky waters of heartache and shame the next time around. And because I’m a selfless writer who wants nothing more than to share those lessons with others (and I had a whole bunch of GIFs I really wanted to use), here is a list of the 9 stages of a break-up. In GIF form.
Stage 1: The Event (Or: WTF JUST HAPPENED?)
Even if a little part of you maybe saw it coming, a break-up is still planned by the other party to knock you off balance. This allows them to run away while you’re still sitting in a cloud of shocked confusion: