There are lots of different kinds of magic numbers, and no, I'm not referring to that which the phrase often refers. What I'm really interested in is as follows:
How long is long enough?
It's a question that merits consideration in a variety of arenas -- but let's just consider the "how long since you broke up with your ex?" scenario.
How long should it be before you're considered date-able again? A month? Three months? Six months? What about a year?
I know it's relative and subjective and all of that vague stuff, but there must be some kind of curse-has-been-lifted kind of timeline.
'Cause I got asked today "how long it had been" (it's been a year -- almost precisely), and I suddenly felt like maybe it wasn't long enough, and that there might've been a wee bit of judgement.
And then I realized that I'm just the teensiest bit over-sensitive, and that maybe it was really just a question. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, you know.