17 Things You Can Do When You Run Into Your Ex

You will run into them out in the world. You live in the same city, you have the same circle of friends — when you do, how do you react?

1. Run away

It’s likely they will watch you, judge you, and you will know that forever.

2. Act as though you were always way too good for them

True or not, it’s all about confidence.

3. Declare your undying love for them

Probably the most embarrassing, but on the upside it could work out? Right?

4. Make some notes for the song you’re about to write

Most effective if you are actually Taylor Swift. Or Adele!

5. Freeze up

Useful when you have the emotional intelligence of a brick.

6. Do something very childish

Not long-term. If you have mutual friends, prepare to not have them any more.

7. Hide

If found, prepare for significant awkwardness.

8. Drop some truth-bombs…

…that are actually petty insults

9. Act way, way too friendly to them

You might as well just shout out that you’re totally, absolutely not over them

10. Pretend to be going out with someone much hotter

“Have you met Ryan?” This plan will unravel - they have Facebook stalked you, so they know you’re lying.

11. Smirk pityingly at them

WARNING: Sass required to pull off.

12. Cry. Just cry everywhere

This is a really strong option if you’re not big on dignity. But are big on indiscriminate displays of emotion.

13. Fake A Phone Call

Avoidance is the best policy.

14. Dismiss them with a cutting eyeroll

Requires control. Of both emotions and eye muscles.

15. Attempt to sleep with them again

This is good because it results in emotional distress whether it works or not!

16. Pretend to have amnesia

Most likely to lead to sitcom style hi-jinks. Or a Jim Carey movie.

17. Have a brief catch-up, and go your separate ways like a mature adult

JK. Has never happened.

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