From asking someone out to trusting them not to break your heart, the different milestones on the journey of love
can be terrifying.
Read on to find out why.
1. IT TAKES COURAGE TO ASK SOMEONE OUT
It’s hard to find love without being fearless because so many of the crucial steps on the journey to love require courage. One of the most obvious is asking someone out. If you’ve ever had any experience with this, you’ll know it’s pretty daunting asking out someone you’re interested in, thanks to the risk of rejection. You can find love without ever taking that first step, but then you leave your love life in someone else’s hands and you lose your power. You’ve got more of a chance of getting what you want if you take control and make the first move, which takes courage.
2. YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT UNTIL YOU’VE EXPERIENCED WHAT YOU DON’T WANT
Read that again. So many of us don’t know what we’re looking for in a relationship until we’ve dated a bunch of people who show us what we don’t want. It takes experience to gain that kind of clarity. And how do you obtain that experience? By putting yourself out there and dating widely, which can be pretty scary!
3. LOVE MAY JUST BE A NUMBERS GAME
Some believe that love is a numbers game. The more people you date, the better your chances of finding love (although that doesn’t explain those who marry their first partner!). If love really is a numbers game, then you have to be in it to win it and give a lot of people chances. Again, that requires courage! You have to approach dating fearlessly if you hope to finally find the one who’s right for you. This is absolutely key.
4. PEOPLE CRAVE VULNERABILITY, NOT PERFECTION
It takes lots of courage to be vulnerable. And contrary to popular belief, vulnerability is very endearing, even more so than perfection! If you pretend to be perfect all the time, your partner may find it difficult to form a real bond with you. But if you let your vulnerability show, which requires you to be fearless, you’re more likely to develop a real connection with that person.
5. YOU HAVE TO THROW YOURSELF IN TO BUILD A BOND WITH SOMEONE
Getting into a relationship often means leaving your comfort zone. You will eventually get to a place where you do feel comfortable with that person. But building a bond with someone new can often be daunting. If you don’t push yourself through that scary initial phase, you’ll never get to the intimacy and familiarity that follows.
6. LEAVING A BAD RELATIONSHIP IS CRUCIAL TO FINDING HAPPINESS
If you find yourself in an unhappy relationship, then leaving that relationship is the first step in finding happiness and ultimately finding love again. If you’ve ever had to leave a bad relationship, you’ll know that it’s one of the scariest things you’ll ever do, regardless of how long you’ve been together.
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