Relationships are interesting...and the way that they end is never really what I would consider "clean." They always leave a little residue and hopefully it is just as a lesson or maybe a new sex trick to impress your next lover.
However, when was the last time that one relationship fully ended before you picked up another?
When a relationship is basically over, you can feel it, and sometimes you will conveniently meet someone who make it a bit easier to give that person who no longer gives you butterflies the official boot or the friendly fade. Is this the overlap or the rebound?...and are either of them wrong?
I am all for "taking a dating break" when you are in one of those BAD relationships that takes you out of the game but I am completely with getting over a guy by getting underneath a new one. Not literally, but figuratively. There is no need in letting any grass grow under your feet after a relationship no longer works-move on.
I have decided to no longer call these "bridge relationships" a rebound, because you can have really good Overlap relationships! I had a year long love and learned a lot after breaking up with my crazy ex of 3 years!
Life should be enjoyed, not lamented when love does not work. I encourage men and women alike to MOVE ON with your life and while you may not jump right into a serious relationship, you should get in the gym and get to meeting other NEW people...after all you will not have those good looks forever.
However, if it was a bad breakup, you know the type, where there was yelling screaming and crying... Be fair to yourself and your potential dates, give yourself some space from the dating game until you are back in fighting trim for the fun!
I call it "The Overlap" because nobody wants to be "The Rebound."
Sharelle D. Lowery | Lifestyle Correspondent