Once upon a time, I was an Instagram fanatic. I was a pure devotee who used to defend it with zeal. It’s a little embarrassing how much I believed Instagram was the answer. Not only was I complacent in giving the majority of my time to the app, but I was also arguing its importance to others who were skeptical of the “true benefits,” I preached.
Fear not, dear reader, my days of convincing are over — at least when it comes to social media. I’m not here to tell you that you need to give up Instagram or that it’s an evil, terrible thing that will eat away at your humanity and destroy us all. …
You hear it everywhere. Popular psychologists, books, movies, T.V., Cosmopolitan magazine. Getting back together with an ex is rarely a good decision. Yet a lot of us, especially me, still decide to actively ignore the free advice we’ve been given. We give the people who are no longer in our lives another chance.
There’s a difference between staying friends with your ex and getting back together with your ex. I’ve done both, and neither worked out well.
There are countless people out there for you. 90% of them are a better option than your ex.
I’ve always been very outgoing and making friends has come naturally to me, so staying friends with exes didn’t seem like a crazy idea. It felt like the norm. …
When I met Quinn a few years ago, an amorous entanglement seemed inevitable.
We had the same taste in literature, we listened to similar music and shared the same values, and we were both infatuated with each other. Our personalities fit together like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, and we were still different enough to bring new things to the table and push each other to grow. Our differences kept our conversations engaging. We often taught each other new things, and he helped me see the world from different perspectives.
Quinn was in North America, and I was in Europe.
I’m not sure how the relationship began, but it was a textbook whirlwind romance. …