Chances are, if you’re reading this, then you’ve either been in enough relationships—Reddit relationships or Reddit hookups—to know how quickly they can go sour or have only had one, and thus are either rebounding from or otherwise desperately trying to avoid that instance.
None of those paint a very happy picture of romance, do they?
Never fear! After all, you’re not alone. One of the most shared common experiences we all have with regard to relationships is committing a mistake, be they benign or biggies. It’s easy to see how that can paralyze you with fear and keep you from asking someone, or else turn you off romance altogether.
If you come to that jaded, cynical view, you might do well to dust off one of the most repeated love clichés out there—Tis better to have loved and lost than to have never loved at all.
The great English poet Lord Alfred Tennyson penned that particular gem, as well as the immortal motivational ending to Ulysses, urging everyone from Frasier Crane to the English National Olympic Team to countless romantics and lovers alike to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
Those two poems aren’t just sappy, Hallmark-happy greeting card fodder. Tennyson acknowledges the pains that can come from strong emotional involvement, but still insists that to seek and strive and never yield in its pursuit is still worth it—mistakes and all.