Trapped on public transit
Oh, the joys of public transit. As if strangers encroaching upon your personal space wasn't punishment enough, cities like New York make it fathomable for you to run into your ex on the train, bus, or -- god forbid -- in an Über pool. And if you see something, or rather someone, it’s OK to say something. But knowing each other biblically doesn’t necessitate sitting next to one another the whole ride. After you acknowledge each other, feel free to pop in your headphones, or draft a pretend email. If the proximity is just too much for you to bear, nothing is preventing you from getting out at the next stop. As my aunt once told me, “Men are like buses: there’s always another one coming along.”
If you and your ex share mutual friends, prepare to end up on the same guest list. And when good friends get married, no-showing is cowardly and rude. Weddings can be excellent opportunities for the newly single to meet eligible bachelors and bachelorettes. So don’t let a run-in with your ex spoil the fun. Just remember: nothing mixes worse with an open bar than some ex-related drama, so drink responsibly. Be cordial and keep the passive-agressive flirting in check. The goal should be to have a good time, not to make your ex jealous.