So you’ve bought a ticket to a play that you’re really excited to see. You get there early to grab the perfect spot. As you watch the people roll in, you notice that it isn’t your usual crowd. T-shirts plastered with Nick Carter’s face and the dull hum of “I Want It That Way” ring through the air. As you sit there trying to make sense of everything, it all hits you at once: this is not the play you were supposed to see.
Stage 1: Denial
The symptoms of denial are quite standard: extreme perspiration in the palms and upper lip region, paired with a rapid heartbeat.
“Maybe this 70s mafia starts out with a man reciting a monologue about coping with the Backstreet Boys breaking up,” you say to no one in particular. But who are you trying to convince more, the friends you dragged along or yourself?
Stage 2: Anger
Transitioning out of denial, you fade in to anger. The worst part about this stage is that the only person you can blame is yourself. If you had only checked your ticket more closely. Of course you picked the seats right in the centre of the aisle, making an attempt to exit almost impossible. Eye contact with the heartbroken actor would be guaranteed.
Stage 3: Giving Up
Time has now officially stopped. You are not sure if you will see daylight again and you have lost all feeling in your left leg. From here there is nowhere to go but up.
Stage 4: Acceptance
The final step is acceptance. You begin to understand his pain; the break-up of the Backstreet Boys was a hard time for everyone. This is your life now.