Here is the scenario.You guys were you early 20s you meet and were in college. You meet them later in your 30s would you say this is still an ex for a reason? why?
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80% of the time, getting back together with an ex is a BAD idea, because the same things that caused you to break up are likely still present. If you didn't like the ride the first time, why do it again?
The other 20% accounts for situations where there was a one-time event that screwed something up (loss of a parent, not getting into the college he wanted, having to be long distance, etc.) that has been completely resolved and put behind you.
So, yes, it can occasionally work, but only under certain circumstances, and the odds are still strongly against success.2