And, you know… it hurts much more terribly to be asked out and then told that “actually, you don’t think you’re ready for a relationship at the present moment because of stuff,” than to never have been asked out at all in the first place.
I didn’t even know it was possibly to be hurt this badly by a guy I didn’t even have the chance to properly date yet. Why won’t anyone just be careful with me? Is it really so hard?
So, you know what else? Screw that noise. I won’t be defined by the person that I’m with, or how they treat me: I’m defined by the person I allow these kinds of situations to make me.