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How to Move On from the One That Got Away

It will take a while, but it can be done.
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You can blame it on social media or your own heart for making it a big deal, but getting over The One That Got Away isn't easy. There are even some who claim that it's just not possible! That we don't agree with. We believe that your mind is as powerful as your heart, so we've gathered a few tips and tricks you can do to get over that one person who got away right here.

  1. Embrace what happened between the two of you.

First of all, before you start moving forward, accept what happened between the two of you. It may be a formal breakup or you just drifted apart—however things may have ended, allow yourself time to process everything. Cry and burn all the things that remind you of him if you have to, point is you have allow yourself to grieve over what happened.

  1. Stop living in the past.

We know it's tempting to re-read your old conversations with him, keep those photos and videos you have of him, or stay in bed and reminisce all your moments together. But you have to face the fact, as well, that you have to stop doing that at one point in time. Memories are good but if it's already doing more harm than good to your heart condition, you have to let them go—no matter how hard that may be.

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  1. Start doing things for yourself.

Here's the thing about The One That Got Away: You will always keep him in mind in whatever you do, say, and feel. A part of you still hopes that your paths will cross someday. A part of you thinks that whatever happens to you would've been different if only destiny or fate allowed the two of you to be together. A part of you still waits for him. 

But know that one day, you have to stop and do things because you want to and you need to. It's not being selfish. It's called living.

  1. Be patient with yourself.

No one really knows how long it will take for one person to move on from The One That Got Away, but know that it is possible. You will still look back at what you had, at him on some days and there's nothing wrong with that. It's human nature to grieve over what we lost. But whenever moments like that come, force yourself to stand up and walk again. In the words of Selena Gomez, "If you're broken, you don't have to stay broken." You can do it, Candy Girls, you just have to be patient with yourself.

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"Today, I Won"

I always caught feelings for someone, and hoped so much that one day there could a thing between the two of us. I'm usually the one that makes the effort to buy and/or make cute gifts, chats them every other day, and stays up all night with him.

When I was 16, my childhood crush suddenly came back into my life. We'd constantly send updates to each other, recommend favorite songs and talk even the most random things. He'd even text me as early as 6 to just greet me good morning almost everyday. I hoped so much that when I confessed, he suddenly stopped talking to me.

For short, he ghosted me. Those 6 months I spent talking to him, allotting my time for him, and staying up until 3 am for him - all gone in a simple confession. Although I had a few crushes before him, he's the only one that got me in real pain. It was the kind of pain that I never thought I'd experience. It was the kind of pain that I couldn't believe.

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After 7 years (it happened back in 2017), I thought he came back into my life to stay, but I guess he's just one of the guys who distanced. I felt a complete loser that time. But during this quarantine, everything was different. I caught feelings for someone else, but he treated me with the best kindness yet.

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It happened at 2 am, May 30, 2020, when I impulsively confessed my feelings through messaging him. After saying my feelings, he responded with genuine and kind words. We both even complimented each other. Although the feelings didn't reciprocate, I still found a connection that can't be replaced with any guy.

To my 16 year old self, here I am, 18 and happy. You may have felt that time was the biggest regret and loss, but I'm here to tell you, we won. Today, I won.

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Why our high school barkada is the best?

Remembering our high school years entails quite a lot reminiscing of the things we all been through when we were younger. You’ve experience a lot of new things during those 4 wonderful years and did most of them with the few people you consider your barkada. And through a series of all the lunch breaks you had together, the walks you took on the way home, and taking the same classes, you never thought you’d survive, you have made your life’s greatest friends.

Here are some of the reasons why your high school barkada is the best:

1. You figured out early teenage life together. The transition one have undergone from being a kid to a teenager wasn’t easy. For a moment you are not sure whether you should have played with your friends during recess or you should have just sat down and ate your food because you were too old for games. But whatever it is you chose to do, having friends who were as clueless as you make everything feel easier because you know, deep down, you’d figure things out eventually. You just need good company.

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2. They were with you during your “jeje“ days. I bet you have pictures taken with Camera360 and Retrica. You also have pictures edited using Pizap with embarrassing captions and you somehow kept some of them so you could have something to post online during their birthdays.

3. They know all your exes. They will never EVER forget the name of an ex-boyfriend, an ex-fling, an ex-crush, and an almost you had. They will remind you of your every questionable love decision but you’ll just laugh anyway while saying “Past is past”.

4. They never judge you. They have welcomed you to their lives when you thought jelly shoes and checkered polos were the bomb! They were quick to have told your teachers that you were not feeling well so you could go home when you really just needed to poop. You tell them every embarrassing story you have and were fine with it.

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5. You can always count on them. From the moment you first fell in love and the moment you first had your heart broken, they were with you. They were with you the moment you lost a parent and at moments when you thought you had nothing. Through every break-up and breakthrough, they were there to be your support system.

6. They are your family. Your high school friend’s family is your own family’s extension. Their parents are like your own. Don’t you feel a little kilig whenever your friend’s parents call you “anak”? And then eventually calling them mama and papa became so natural? I felt that, all the time.

7. They will always be your home. They are your place of refuge and security, the place who offers you their hands when you feel lost and the place you run to when you need saving. No matter how much time and distance separate you, they will be the one’s that you always long for and they are the one’s that you will always return to.

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