Verb: lack or be short of something desirable or essential.

As a single lady in a world of coupled friends, it wasn't hard to feel lonely and left out at times; the third, fifth or (worse) seventh wheel. I always assumed my social life would benefit when my one finally became two. Although lately my phone is quieter than ever.



Noun: the hidden power believed to control what will happen in the future; fate.
I have a mild obsession with cactus plants. After matching on Tinder, he initiated conversation with 'Nice cactus', obviously catching my interest. The comment was directed towards one of my photos which included myself in an awkward pose and a cactus. More than excited to be approached with words other than hi, I immediately responded and we bantered back and forth for a few days. He was cute and interesting and we shared a love for grilled cheese and gelato (from Italy). But as we all know, I was not (very) serious about dating and there was that huge issue with the hives and nervousness, so I prolonged the progression of the relationship with no end in sight. He ultimately (officially) asked me out with the date six days away so as to omit an excuse of prior plans; of course that didn't stop me.



Noun: one that formerly held a specified position or place; especially: a former spouse
As demonstrated in the Webster's definition above, ex is primarily a word used in the past presence. FORMERLY. In reality, it is rather haunting to the present, which is unfortunate; if only words had the ability to stay where they belonged in their proper context.
The past has gone by in time and is no longer existing. I  truly believe exes should remain there. In regards to anyone who thinks otherwise, I do not care if you have successfully maintained a "friendship" with your ex. There really is no convincing me. In retrospect, it is rather inconsiderate to your current significant other. Do you want to be in the present or live in the past? Is it more important for you to keep ties with an old flame or focus on the one you have now? If you cannot sever the connection between you and your ex, you need to realize it is for a reason.