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This Couple Broke Up For A Week And Came Back Stronger

"I'm eating popcorn for dinner!"

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Hi, I'm Ned, and I'm married. I talk about my wife a lot because she's such an important part of my life. But what happens when we're forced to spend a week apart?

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No texting, no communication, trying to live like we did when we were single. (Aside from, you know, sleeping with other people.)

You change when you're in a relationship. There are certain vices you give up, certain compromises you make. Could "breaking up" help us understand that? We asked my chronically single friend Zach for advice.

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Damn, Zach.

Time to begin the experiment!

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I left to go back home and Ariel spent another week in Colorado with her family.

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The first few days were decadent. We let ourselves get a little irresponsible. POPCORN FOR DINNER!

FRIDGE FULL OF BEER!

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SKIING WITHOUT NED!

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Jelly.

ALL THE VIDEO GAMES!

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However, as the week went on, we started to get lonely.

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We drank too much.

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Yes gurl yes.

We slept poorly.

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I seriously still think there is a little critter living underneath the house.

Without having our partner around, we both turned into the worst versions of ourselves

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Ariel spent hours on Pinterest to avoid an empty bed.

One day, I got locked out of my car and had to get it towed. It was horrible. I was exhausted, waiting for the tow truck at 1 a.m. All I wanted to do tell Ariel about it. Luckily, I had the support of my friends, The Try Guys.

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Eugene was a bad influence on Keith.

That's one thing that I realized: Ariel was my support system and I had lost that. Whether it's having friends or family or pets or co-workers, everyone needs support. No one can do it alone.

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At last, the week was over and it was time to pick up Ariel from the airport.

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AHHHHHHHHHH

After a week of being broken up, we emerged with an appreciation of the other aspects of our life. Our friends, families, hobbies — even vices — they're vital parts of who we are.

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And we had an even greater appreciation of each other.

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Ariel, you're my best friend. I love you.

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