By Violeta Rocha, Staff Writer
Two years ago, I did the dumping in November. People like to refer to this as “the turkey drop” or the cusp of what is commonly referred to as the breakup season. Some people like to dance around the holidays because they don’t want to ruin upcoming festivities with their significant other. Others like to pull the trigger and cut ties to finish the year alone, especially if they see no long-term commitment.
I still remember that particular day when I decided to break it off. He was sitting right across me, and all I wanted to do was stare at his hazy green eyes and run my fingers through his hair like he did when watching “Dragon Ball Z”; he was a man stuck in a boy’s body.
I wanted to break it off earlier, but I shrugged it off. Until I knew I had to draw the line. Breakups are never easy, and it doesn’t matter who calls it quits. I was wasting my time on someone’s potential instead of accepting them for who they were. I didn’t want to go into the new year with a lost soul.
According to a “Peak Break-Up Times” chart created by David McCandless and Lee Byron, we are entering the year’s second-highest break-up time, second only to spring break.
Byron said, “I think it has something to do with end-of-the-year reflections or thoughts of everyone heading home for the holidays.” Some people reflect and realize they don’t want to introduce their significant other to their families.
Many college students break up during the holidays, especially when they go back home for the holidays only to do the turkey drop dump and break it off with their high school sweethearts. College can be challenging as it is and trying to balance academics can put pressure. Between juggling multiple finals and trying to keep your sanity, worrying about your significant other should be the last thing on your mind. If the person is not right for you, it’s okay to end ties and move on with your life.
So, if you are going through a breakup during the holidays, make sure you are primarily taking care of yourself. It’s not the end of the world. I take it as a rebirth and taking the time to fall in love with yourself. So read that book you’ve always wanted to read or try that new kickboxing class you’ve always wanted to try, whatever you do just try to keep yourself sane. The last thing you want to do is to dig yourself into a deeper hole into trying to save something that was not meant for you.