) Instead, think of your exes like fun dinosaur bones. They are pieces that make up a larger picture — a picture that you may choose to crop the shit out of once things are finally, officially, over.You caught him at the pinnacle of his 6th-grade-success. He was the class dodgeball star, least likely to get bloody noses and voted “most dreamy” among those peers who hung posters of teen-zine-mandated heartthrobs on their walls. What it said about you: you were a sucker for Disney Channel swag, peanut butter breath and the sound of a digital open door. What it says about you: you thought you could perform miracles after growing up on a diet of bad-boy-reformed influences ( This wasn’t too long ago, was it? You cannot be blamed for enjoying the attention of someone who thinks you’re awesome and has yet to grow jaded by “the scene.” At the time, this relationship said you were just looking for fun.

You will remind them that you’re now technically considered bilingual. Don’t future-trip, either; latent realizations of fictitious love will only trap you in a projection room of some theoretical life you could have had.

You tried because your friends loved him even though you knew it wasn’t gonna last. You know mom’s famous words: if it’s meant to be, it will be.

For now, remind your friends that if they love him so much, What’s that saying again? In the case of your exes, depending on how long you’ve been dating and in what city, you could be a medical anomaly and have at least five.

Ask around, though: in the dating world, this is perfectly normal.

Nothing to be worried about — so long as none of them flare back up.

Well one of my exes is actually now one of my best friends, as well as my business partner.

That’s right, I’m talking about Eric Charles, our beloved relationship guru.

Instead, you’re secretly questioning if you, too, peaked. Calling someone your ex when you never DTR’d can be more awkward than calling them your boyfriend or girlfriend — what if they find out? What this says about you: you need a drink, a date and a tech-detox.

…What if they never actually ended things and you just missed a text? This person swooped you off your feet during three months of studying abroad.