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User Topic: "If I don't date, I don't get hurt" Your thoughts?!
Exit Wounds
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Cool  Posted: 10:22 AM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hey gang,

So now I am thinking... "If I don't date, I won't get hurt."

I am curious as to how do you guys feel about that in your personal lives...

Thanks as always!

[This message edited by Exit Wounds at 10:24 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)]

Posts: 2488 | Registered: Jul 2011 | From: With my dad...and my dog.
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Default  Posted: 10:25 AM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

That's where I am right now. The only problem with it is that you have to work hard to stay busy so you don't get lonely.

Posts: 1901 | Registered: Sep 2012 | From: Baja Arizona
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Default  Posted: 10:32 AM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I feel that way right now also. Still working through a lot of hurts, and right now it just doesn't seem worth it. It is lonely, but it's safe.

Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength
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Posts: 19738 | Registered: Aug 2006
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Default  Posted: 10:35 AM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Here is the deal (my IC said this and he is right),

Love always ends in hurt.

Therefore to keep from hurting you have to stop loving people. You have to emotionally shut down to avoid hurt, but there is no way to do this except to remove Happiness too.

I think what you need to do is to

1) Understand what you want in a partner
2) Look back on past relationships, establish what were the bad things and dig to see if you remember red flags about those things earlier in the relationship that you chose to ignore
3) Proceed when ready and do so cautiously. Look for red flags. Note them. Break it off it isn't the one.

Life is about the journey, so don't sit on the sidelines. Date or don't date but get stuck on the sidelines of life.


Think of the haters in your life as sandpaper; they’ll scratch you up time and time again but in the end you’re polished, smooth, and spotless..while they end up useless

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

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Exit Wounds
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Default  Posted: 10:37 AM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Thank you guys! Great words of wisdom my twin (you know who you are)

I think it's safest to not date...but curious about how others feel about that statement

[This message edited by Exit Wounds at 10:50 AM, May 14th (Tuesday)]

Posts: 2488 | Registered: Jul 2011 | From: With my dad...and my dog.
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Default  Posted: 10:54 AM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

To not love is to deny the Divine which exists in all of us.

What I've discovered is it all depends on the level of hurt I can handle if the relationship doesn't go where I though it would.

I've learned through all this that I can handle a TON of hurt and survive. So I'm willing to explore a relationship with someone knowing I can handle it if it doesn't work.


BS: 56
WS: 53
Betrayed: 23 years
Affairs: 14 (2 lasted 3 months. Rest were ONS)
WS died: 16 May 2011
Do not stay in your hurt forever. Choose to move out of it.

Posts: 6667 | Registered: Jul 2006 | From: Wisconsin
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Default  Posted: 11:00 AM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

it's ok to not date "for now" or to not date because you are otherwise fulfilled by your moment in time...but if you are trying to avoid getting hurt, there is no way around this:

You have to emotionally shut down to avoid hurt, but there is no way to do this except to remove Happiness too.

i've done it. in fact i even shut out all my friends at the time, since in my tender early 20s, i'd been betrayed more by friends and family than boys just yet. there were two things that i learned from that experience:

1) i am capable of betraying and wounding myself in my solitude as much as any outsider ever could.

2) when i finally wanted to reach out to someone for help or comfort or connection, i felt like no one really knew me, like i had to give them some tremendous back story, all of which occurred under their noses, in my private world.

staying open, at least to a certain degree, is the challenge of all NB. at this time, perhaps for you it's most important that you stay open to the idea of a fulfilling and great time that simply doesn't include dating, instead of having to vigorously "not-date." it's a subtle energy shift for me, maybe others can't sense it. openness in one place in your life tends to lead to openness elsewhere, very naturally.

lots of NBs hurt when they get rough....not just the romantic ones.

life must be rich and full of loving--it's no good otherwise, no good at all, for anyone - j. kerouac

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Default  Posted: 11:37 AM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I agree that hurt is everywhere... even in trying to avoid it.

So really... do what feels right and good for you and yours, be it dating or not dating or basket weaving or whatever. Life happens, hurt happens. It's just the roll of the dice.

Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light. ~ Yogi Bhajan

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Default  Posted: 12:17 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Definitely crossed my mind. But then I found this quote on here. Sorry, I don't remember what it was from, who posted it or who the author of the quote is, just wanted to share.

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart."

I don't know if I'll make it, but watch how good I'll fake it

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Default  Posted: 12:31 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

If you are in that mindset, you are right not to date. You will end up with the wrong sort if you expect to be let down and are just afraid of being alone. A period of self reliance will do wonders and maybe someday the idea of getting hurt again won't be so scary.

“Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Posts: 3604 | Registered: Jun 2011 | From: The Valley of the Sun
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Default  Posted: 1:10 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


I hope you are just considering a break rather than ruling our dating all together. I'd suggest a rest and that when the right person comes along you will know but right now focus on yourself.

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indominable will" - Mahatma Gandi

"Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway." - Aubrie

Posts: 3614 | Registered: Oct 2011 | From: Georgia
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Default  Posted: 1:24 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You can't appreciate the beauty and happiness without experiencing some pain.

Live your life so that at the end there are no regrets. And you only regret the things you did NOT do.

Take a break - hell don't date at all, but not because you are afraid of pain. Living in fear is no life at all.


Even if you can't control the world around you, you are still the master of your own soul.

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Default  Posted: 1:38 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Love and loss are two sides of the same coin. I've just lost my beloved mother, four years ago my husband of 24 years said he loved someone else, and the man I love now has a serious heart condition and appears to be pushing me away. Would I be happier and lead a full life with none of these people or events? No, no no. Take time to recover from the pain of infidelity and separation/divorce, but then if you meet someone else who sets the spark alight, don't turn your back on it.

Me - 50
Him - 51
DDay 21 March 2009
Divorcing and delighted!

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it's cracked up to be. That's why people are so cynical about it.

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Default  Posted: 2:28 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

No risk, now reward.

I feel that everyone is sent into my life for a reason. They may not be in my life forever, but what I learn from them could benefit my future relationships.

I do not pin my happiness on the hopes that a man will love me someday. I provide my own happiness - the people in my life add to it.

You can stuff your sorries in a sack, mister. -George Costanza
There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. - Madeleine Albright

Posts: 7929 | Registered: Feb 2009 | From: Western PA
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Default  Posted: 3:09 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I think it's a natural place to be in after a breakup from a long-term relationship, particularly one caused by infidelity.

That's where I still am and may be for a while now. I'm looking forward to dating but I know that I'm nowhere near ready to open myself up to another relationship.

My heart is still healing, the last thing it needs is another injury.

Me-29 Starting over
ExWH-29 Probable NPD, PA, manchild
3 beautiful young children
DDay 1/20/13 Admits PA
No remorse so NO R. DIVORCED! 9/2013

Posts: 541 | Registered: Feb 2013 | From: USA
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Default  Posted: 8:05 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm with gahurts - if you're concerned, take a break. Your breakup was not long ago, give yourself the time you need and proceed when ready. I'm doing the same thing now. ((EW)) Keep in touch lady.

Me: BW-44
Him: XWH-44
Together 9 yrs
DDays: 1/10/2011
Status: Divorced 4/27/11

Above all, be the heroine, not the victim. - Nora Ephron

It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
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Default  Posted: 8:39 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You can also live in a sterile bubble and never get sick or injured, but what kind of life is that?

Get yourself in a good place mentally and emotionally and see what happens. It's not like you have to make a decision about the rest of your life.

May your 2015 be more FUCK YEAH! than fuck this

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Default  Posted: 8:39 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I sort of feel that way, but at the same time, I am not ready at all.

Too afraid to get hurt to trust again.

And when I am ready, really how am I going to meet Mr. wonderful?

-I don't like the bar scene.
-I think there's lots of weirdo's in Online dating.
- could get complicated at work
-Catholic Church - uh no chance, just families and older people
- So really where is one suppose to go find that Mr. Wonderful?

Basically, I'm screwed (well no).... Lol

I edit - because I hate misspellings or grammar mistakes.

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Posts: 572 | Registered: Jan 2013 | From: Pennsylvania
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Default  Posted: 9:13 PM, May 14th (Tuesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My marriage ended 10 years ago. I was asked out shortly after he left, and I said yes. That relationship ended and another began shortly after that. That relationship lasted 8 years. it ended last year (may 15). I haven't dated since.

I need time with me and my kids for awhile. And to put my heart back into one piece... letting the scar tissue heal into a stronger bond.

One day I will be ready... till then I'll date myself... and find things I like to do.

I am open to friendships... and that is good enough for me right now.



I trust you is a better compliment than I love you, because you may not trust the person you love, but you can always love the person you trust. - Unknown
Relationships are like sharing a book, it doesn't work if you're not on the same page.

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Default  Posted: 1:38 AM, May 15th (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

True, but very simplistic.

Will you let your life be ruled by what someone else MIGHT do to you? Or will you live your life, love, maybe get hurt or disappointed, but have confidence in the knowledge that your capacity to heal and recover is greater than someone else's ability to dictate how you live your life?

I prefer to live my life open hearted and full of confidence that I can survive anything.

"If you're happy and you know it..."
1 in 3 US women die of heart disease. Take charge of your health and your life!

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