If Sex and the City was gospel (quite frankly, isn’t it?), then it “takes half the total time you went out with someone to get over them”.
Charlotte called it 'the break-up rule', explaining to Carrie that she had exactly five more months until she would get over Big. It's just simple math, right?
Okay, so we all know how that went (RIP John James Preston) but stay with me, because for some, this really is the case.
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I went out with Ricky for exactly three years. Which meant that at the one-and-a-half-year mark post-traumatic breakup, I was over him.
I remember the moment with complete clarity. I was on a bus in France, somewhere in the deep wine country of Bordeaux, when I checked his Facebook, and there in front of me was the shocking realisation that he had a new girlfriend.
It was the final piece. And after swiping through a few photos on her profile, I shut down the app, put my phone away, and stared out the coach window with the full-body realisation that I was finally over him. The man I broke my own heart over.
The future Mrs Big may have mocked the “big math solution” to problems of the heart, but from where I’m standing, it was a pretty good one.