Tom and Katie: 4 Reasons Breaking Up is Great to Do

Like many of you, I was shocked and saddened to hear that Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes 6-year performance art piece marriage is ending. Having gone through such a split myself, I know what a tough, confusing time it can be.

I mean, there were no signs that this wouldn’t be a perfect fairy tale.

But like with every grey cloud, bump in the road or bucket full of lemons, there is a silver lining, another path and a hapless passerby to chuck the bucket at.

Divorce isn’t all bad. Just because all your hopes and dreams for the future have been dashed against a rock much bigger than the one you naively put on your finger, doesn’t mean it can’t be a great time in your life. Here are a few things that make those rivers of tears and awkward changes of facebook statuses totally worth it.

  • You get to count your blessings….And then list them one by one on a form for authorization. How many times do we say that we wish we had more time to just enjoy the things we’ve been working for? Well, when you get divorced, you get to enjoy each and every thing you’ve ever purchased ever as you catalogue it, wrap it up and then box it up before the movers get there.
  • You get better gifts. When you get married, people give you boring things like towels and storage ottomans and good wishes. When you get divorced, they give you booze.
  • You get to fit in. With a divorce rate hovering just over 50%, you don’t wanna be one of those assholes who rubs their perfect relationship in everyone’s faces, do you? Why do you wanna make everyone else feel bad you big bully? Plus, how are you supposed to understand every joke in every movie, television show and blog post ever if you’re like happy or something?
  • You get to meet new people. Between your attorneys, notaries and various officers of the court, your life is flooded with a host of new faces and maybe new friends. And who knows, if you play your cards right, you might be divorcing one of them before you know it!

I mean, you’re already dressed up, there’s a judge and an aisle to walk down. Why not just go for it?

What were the best things about your last breakup? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Sad thing is that out of the 50% that remain married many of those people are unhappy and which they could leave but because of children and finances it usually is best for the average married couple to stay married and suffer through..And if these wealthy attractive people cannot stay married why the hell does the average person think he’s gona be able to pull it off??

  2. “When you get married, people give you boring things like towels and storage ottomans and good wishes. When you get divorced, they give you booze.”

    You know, the meet knew people thing is so true. But the part about the presents… I never thought of it that way before. Thank you for the enlightening reflection.

    oh, and cute video.

  3. sure enough; I still think about the closing act of Love & Basketball where he walks away from his next day wedding, and I agree with him – why get involved in something farcical in which you will not satisfied.

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