Sometimes, the people we like don’t like us back

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Unrequited love can feel like an excruciating punch to the gut. When you have deep feelings for someone who doesn’t return them, it’s agonizing. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t stop thinking about that person.

You imagine all the what-ifs and could-have-been. Late at night when you can’t sleep, you torture yourself replaying every conversation and moment together, looking for clues you might have missed.

During the day when you force yourself to focus on other tasks, your mind keeps drifting back to them. It doesn’t seem fair – how can this person not see how perfect you are for each other? You would do anything for them, but none of it matters because the feeling isn’t mutual. The heartbreak and longing consume you.

As painful as it is, you eventually realize you have no power over how someone else feels. You can’t convince them to like you back. Grand romantic gestures and impassioned declarations of love usually don’t work in real life like they do in the movies. No matter how strongly you feel, you can’t force a connection that just isn’t there.

Love is unpredictable and in many ways out of our control. Timing, luck, and intangible chemistry play huge roles. You may meet someone who seems perfect for you on paper, but the spark just isn’t there. Or you may have an inexplicable bond with someone who seems all wrong for you. The heart wants what it wants.

Rejection stings, but it’s not a reflection of your worth or lovability. While this person may not return your feelings now, don’t lose hope. There are over 7 billion people in this world – someone out there is meant for you.

One day you will meet someone who loves you for exactly who you are. In the meantime, be patient with yourself and keep your heart open. Your moonshot at love will come.


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