I really like this one, Vanessa Torre!
Most of my dating stories fall into bizarre/ridiculous/vaguely insulting, while yours have been truly horrific!
Breaks are needed to regroup. But I completely agree with you here (and my writing/actions back this up, of course): it’s okay to learn and become savvier about dating without throwing in the towel!
I love your concept here! Where others see bitterness or desperation, I share your perspective of seeing vulnerability and even a bit of courage to keep doing this.