At 31 years old, I experienced a mass layoff, a tumultuous breakup after three years, and two unexpected moves — all in three months.
Irony was at its best: I coached others on finding happiness. And as a never-married, single female without children, I felt unworthy of it, particularly when it came to a lasting relationship.
How to Survive a Breakup: When all of your friends are birthing their second child is my snarky account of my meltdown. I discuss how a breakup at this age feels juvenile, particularly when others are settling down. But why don’t we celebrate walking away from toxic relationships the same way we celebrate walking down the aisle?
I ditch the cheerleader mantra in this how-to guide to share my awkward story from beginning to end. I explain the Burning Feelings, how it feels to live alone for the first time, and why I hate my friends — all from the perspective of everyone’s go-to bridesmaid.
My portrayal of getting over the toxic milestone mentality at my age will help you get over your breakup — and then over yourself.