Should I Feel Guilty about Starting a new Relationship?

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Starting a new relationship can be magical; a whirlwind of excitement between two new lovers. The thrill of getting to know each other, the butterflies, the anticipation of what the future holds for you as a couple. Yet starting a new relationship can have a dark side; the guilt.

Perhaps you’ve been betrayed, rejected or abused by your previous partner. Maybe your loved one passed away and you’ve struggled with grief. You may have decided to end your last relationship and are dealing with the consequences. Children and grandchildren may even be in the picture giving you other people to consider.

There’s a number of reasons why people feel guilty about starting a new relationship, but should you feel sinful for looking for a new romance? In short, probably not. As we get older and gain more responsibilities, we tend to put our own happiness on the backburner when it comes to love, especially after a death, divorce or split. Many mature men and women unjustly feel remorseful about satisfying their natural needs and putting themselves back on the dating scene.

If you are feeling guilt concerning starting a new relationship, ask yourself – am I prepared to start dating again? Before you even consider what your ex, friends or family might think or say, it is important to determine if you are completely ready to enter the world of dating again. These five questions may help you to decipher whether your bad conscience is justified, or if you’re beating yourself up unnecessarily.

Feeling guilty about starting a new relationship is all too common, especially amongst the mature singles, but don’t allow guilt to determine your future happiness. When you are truly ready to begin dating again, you will know. Listen to your heart and may all of your dreams come true.

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