A breakup is one of the absolute hardest things to go through. No matter what the circumstances are, it hurts like hell. Your world goes dark for a few days (or weeks), and nothing feels like it will be okay.
For a while, you’ll constantly be kicking towards the surface of the water, but no matter how hard you try to gasp for air, your memories will pull you right back under—and you’ll feel like you’re in a perpetual state of drowning.
If you’ve been through a breakup, then you know what it’s like to revert into your room and desire nothing more than to sleep the day away. You know that sad songs are the worst thing for you to listen to, but you do it anyways. And you know a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s won’t make the sadness disappear, yet you still try to fill the damn void with enough scoops to make you feel whole again.
But instead of sinking deeper down into the water, go to a local bookstore and buy this amazing poetry book called Milk and Honey, because my God, I promise it’s worth it. Rupi Kaur is a poetess that has your whole heart (along with her own) bound up in the pages of this perfect creation. Your body will feel numb after the breakup has crashed upon you. And you’ll feel incredibly raw. But when you let your tired bones sink into your couch cushions as you curl up to read this book, you’ll start to see the light breaking through the surface of the water above you...and slowly but surely, you’ll swim up towards it.
Here are 24 lines and poems that’ll help you get through it: