I will put it very straight and very short: My crush is not into me and that sucks.
Apart from the regular bitter taste of rejection I can not help but wonder what the fuck is wrong him (it’s a male person in this case). After several failed attempts to meet each other and the overall lack of engagement from his side I had to embrace the fact that my interest and affection is probably one-sided and did the one thing, I could do to avoid more frustration: I accepted it. Again: My crush is not into me.
I accepted his busy schedule, his priorities and plans that didn’t involve me at all. In moments like these, I try to look beyond my hurt ego and force myself to put myself in his situation. How would I like to be treated if I was him? Being rejected might hurt but rejecting people is equally hard- especially if you care for the other person. I thought back on all the friends I have lost because I did not return their feelings and I also remember how much it hurt me to justify it.
Why am I not good enough for you?
The question is lingering in the room and was probably also in my friends’ minds back then. If I would have been more mindful back then I might have found better words and ways to handle it. Instead, I was solely focusing on myself and felt so terribly betrayed by them for not accepting my feelings. I did not understand why or even how I was supposed to explain the lack of romantic feelings. The entire situation was hard for all of us but all we saw was the subjective unfairness in front of us. In our anger and frustration, we hurt each other so badly that we stopped talking and avoid each other since then.
If I could turn back time, what are the things I want to be different? What could we change to avoid more stress and pain?
Acknowledge each other’s feelings
Knowing that somebody has feelings for you might seem very flattering but truly acknowledging it is a bit different. Taking their emotions seriously and acting mindfully is important to treat them with respect. It is already a huge step to confess your feelings to somebody so it’s the least I can do in response.
The same does go to rejection as well. The lack of feelings is just as valid as a confession of love and should not need to be justified or explained. Affection is nothing you can claim. Not by insulting, not by screaming, not by arguing. It is not there.
In both cases, it is important to mention that both feelings will probably linger for a while. I will probably have that crush for a little while longer, even if they stay unanswered. At the same time, the lack of affection will last as well.
Acknowledging your own needs
Back then I wanted to continue whatever we had as if nothing had happen. I wanted my friends to chill at my place as we used to did and spend the entire night talking about silly stuff while listening to our favourite songs. That was stupid.
No matter how nice and easy that would be: when expectations are differing, everyone should re-adjust to the new situation and take their time to reflect on what they need in order to feel better. Sometimes that means you need some distance in order to find out. Sometimes it also means
that you start stalking their new partner and (please don’t) to curse the world and scream. Whatever it is, keep in mind that all this is temporary. Don’t force yourself to continue something that is not making you happy. Don’t pretend you never got rejected and play along this happy friendship game. Don’t pretend you would return the feelings and start a relationship.
Last but not least: Move on.
All this has nothing to do with anyone not being good enough. It is about the different kinds of happiness each and every one of us is looking for and sometimes it won’t work out. I can try and be the best version of myself but that doesn’t mean everyone will love it. To put it very drastically: People have their own taste and you have to accept that some have a
poor different one. It sucks, yes but you have no right to change it. Your own taste is subjective and nothing more.
With all that in mind, I swallowed the fact that my pretty face does not save me from rejection. After another failed attempt to meet I told the my crush that I respect his busy schedule, wished him the best of luck in Berlin, hoped that we will bump into each other at some point but apologized that I won’t compete with his timetable anymore.
He was confused by this … finality. After explaining me the full dimension of his busy lifestyle (which was unnecessary because I got it by then) I phrased it very simple:
– I just have the impression that you are not into me as much as I am into you.
– Yeah… that might be true.
– That’s ok. I’m not upset but I hope you respect my decision.
Obviously, I was not madly and deeply in love since I never had the chance to properly date him (which was good in the end, I guess), but I was sad after all. The fact that he didn’t even want to find out who I was is really … sobering. He probably didn’t feel the chemistry between us at all and his knees probably didn’t get weak when he saw me. It was just me but that’s no reason to hurt or insult him.