I recently heard a rumor that my most heinous ex had moved to my town. We used to live several towns apart and I was grateful for the geographical buffer, but now I live in constant dread of running into them. It would be one thing if I could predict it and have my game face on, but I know it’s probably going to happen when I'm running some quick, last-minute errand and I'm looking peak busted. The only thing worse than running into an ex unexpectedly is when it means you're also seeing your ex with someone new for the first time. That's what we call a double-gut punch, and we've all been there.
If you've recently broken up with someone, you're likely living in anticipation of the moment you run into them and their new bae. I'm not going to sugarcoat it — when it inevitably happens it's going to suck. But the good news is the pain will pass. Plus, there's nothing like seeing your ex move on to help motivate you to do the same. If you've ever been in this situation, you know it follows a fairly predictable path from shock to side-eye, and it goes a little something like this.