Whether or not you were actually dating this person is irrelevant when it comes to healing from unreciprocated feelings. If you care for someone in a romantic way and they don’t feel the same about you, it hurts—regardless of whether you’re friends, partners, or acquaintances.
I think it’s important to remember that attraction is a complex thing. Everyone has different needs and wants regarding what they’re looking for in a significant other. Everyone finds different physical features and personality traits attractive. There is no such thing as good or bad or better or worse when it comes to what a person has to offer in a relationship. It all comes down to what each individual is looking for. And the truth is that everyone is looking for and needing something different.
I want you to know that the fact that this person didn’t reciprocate your feelings doesn’t make you inadequate or unloveable. It just means that it wasn’t the right fit. Just because things didn’t work with them doesn’t mean they won’t work out in the future with someone else.
I would also like to challenge the idea that you “got nothing out of it”. Every interpersonal relationship, whether it positively or negatively affects you, provides you with an opportunity to learn more about yourself and grow as a person. You may not have gotten a relationship out of this experience, but you what you have gotten is proof that you can be hurt and rejected and feel all these awful feelings and still survive.
Healing from this kind of hurt takes time and patience. It takes treating yourself with compassion and kindness. And it takes feeling your feelings, regardless of how uncomfortable and painful they are.
Know that this hurt will pass, and that you aren’t alone in what you’re going through. There is nothing wrong with who you are or what you have to offer. You will find someone who reciprocates your feelings. Be patient.
Sending you a ton of love,
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My name is Daniell, and I am the creator of the Internal Acceptance Movement (I. A.M.)
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Whether you're battling an eating disorder, self-harm, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression, PTSD, low self-esteem, anxiety, self-hating thoughts, poor body image, or any other mental health condition or self-destructive behavior, I. A.M. exists to remind you that you are NOT alone in how you feel or what you're going through; that it's okay to not be okay, and that you don't have to face this pain alone; that things can and will get better; that healing and recovery are possible; that there is nothing wrong with who you are; the who you are is enough; and that you are deserving of happiness, love, and acceptance, always.
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