|Posted on February 19, 2016 at 12:30 AM|
An excerpt from my book, This is what it feels like:
One of the hardest parts of a breakup is filling voids. It’s been said that a healthy way to fill the void is through loving yourself, finding yourself, and fulfilling happiness in ways where you are alone. Sadly, it's easier to fill the pain with substance, rebounds, or distractions. Ultimately, distractions die out- partying gets old, drinking is expensive, and rebounding is only hurtful to you. Filling a void only brings temporary happiness. Trying to find a cure for loneliness is the same feeling of walking into the store when you’re sick.
There are so many options that are sure to ease the symptoms, but nothing really takes away the cold. The cough syrups, cough drops, and nasal drip medication make that clear on the label. It’s not the same when you’re lonely though. Friends insist that you go out so that you can forget about the misery, but you don’t. You end up missing them even more. I guess that’s why the only real cure to a cold is to let it pass on its own time. You can aid the symptoms all you want, but the virus has to pass so that you feel better.
And when it does, “You likely got the bug out.”