How hard should I try to remain friends with an ex?


I was very much into this girl I started dating several weeks ago. Though she had recently ended a long relationship of about three years, she seemed very into me too. She was bragging about me to friends and told me frequently how much she liked me. Then she suddenly tells me she isn't ready for a relationship. But I think she is an amazing person and wants to stay friends so I'm trying. Then, less than two weeks after dumping me.. she tells me she is going on a second date with a guy she is completely falling head over heels for. So much for not ready for a relationship. So I smile and encourage her, though I find myself throwing bitter joke-jabs at her. When her romantic involvements aren't discussed, we get along great.. should I keep trying?
How hard should I try to remain friends with an ex?
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