Whether real or imagined, the formation of such connections releases an opiate known as New Relationship Energy (NRE). As a recovering addict I am particularly susceptible to its euphoria; only a powerful antidote can scrub the residue. Immediately after waking I make for my kitchen, collecting:
- four ice cubes
- the guts of a fresh lemon, including seeds
- a pinch of curing-grade saltpetre (potassium nitrate)
I quickly consume this rough sorbet, the ice being chewed or swallowed. The restorative virtues of the ordeal are felt immediately: with the emotional palate cleared, my morning can proceed.
If one must suffer love and loss as a simulacrum, do so quickly. Face the day armed with an experienced, cynical eye, and fall not into the tempting distractions of regret.