I assume that you hate me. We're bound to have a few awkward encounters in the future, full of mean looks and forced conversation... if that.
I’m sure you and your friends have looked at pictures of me and judged me harshly, throwing around words like “ugly” and “slut." I know this because I've been in your shoes.
I was once the brokenhearted, hateful girl crying myself to sleep after a pint of Ben and Jerry’s.
I swore the other girl was the reason for my pain. I was full of envy and spite; I didn’t know how I could harbor such hatred for someone I didn’t even know.
What I failed to realize then, which I’m sure you'll eventually realize, is that the other girl isn't an enemy. He isn't an enemy either, despite him breaking your heart and moving on as quickly as he did.
This pain you're feeling is simply the result of the wonderful story you had with him - and I know it truly was wonderful - coming to an end.
While you are his past and I hope to be his future, neither one of us is more important than the other. If anything, you set the bar for his expectations and I’m merely trying to keep up.
I don't know what our future holds. I wonder if he'll end up breaking up with me and going back to you, if I'll suddenly end up back in your shoes. I don’t know if this is only a fling, if I'm merely a rebound.
What I do know is that there's someone even better for you out there. One day you’ll cross paths with a kindred who makes you laugh until you cry and you'll suddenly realize why the two of you weren't meant to be.
Until then, please know that your relationship ending does not make it any less real. All those moments you look back on fondly matter. No one can take them from you, not even me.
I’m sure I’ll be seeing you in the future, so I just want you to know that my smile is genuine and I'm wishing you nothing but the best.
I hope that you find what we're all looking for: happiness and a love strong enough to last forever.
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