I know about that last scenario all too well. But, I've come to a realization, thanks in part to an interview I did on Glamour's Smitten last year. I'd had a crush on the son of a family friend since I was 13. We were the same age, but I was always too shy to tell him how I felt. It never failed that I turned into a blubbering, awkward mess any time I was around him. Then a few years ago, I wrote about him here, and although I didn't use his name, he discovered I was writing about him. The 13-year-old in me was squealing with glee, but the woman in me was somewhat terrified. He suggested that we hang out to see where things went, but I froze up and chickened out. It didn't help that we also got into a bit of a debate over the whole issue of looks vs. personality when it comes to dating. And honestly, I may have been a bit too hard on him, something I still feel bad about. It was almost as if I was letting my own insecurities stop me from trying something new. I was so afraid, so certain that there was no way he could ever see past my disability that I wouldn't even allow myself to take that chance. Why risk being hurt, I reasoned?
I was actually thinking about the whole debacle recently, and realized that he might have been right about something. He once told me that I shouldn't try to back my way out of what I was trying to do after I built up the courage to do it. Maybe it all stemmed from those feelings of self-doubt when it came to my disability that I'd be carrying with me for all those years. Maybe my fear did stop me from seeing where things would go with him. After all, I had created this fantasy in my head for the past 13 years, and the moment I had a chance to see if that fantasy could turn into something even resembling reality, I recoiled. So, Stephen, if you're reading this, I really am sorry for the way things turned out.
So, friends, do you believe regrets are part of the package when it comes to love? What do you think regrets teach us? What is your #1 regret in love? What would you do differently if you could? xoxo
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