I've been trying to overcome this for some time. Having someone I love with all my heart reject me is extremely painful. I'm afraid of the eventual end of the relationship before it even starts. In my mind, every relationship will fail or end. Eventually one of us dies of old age (in a never ending relationship) or the relationship fails and we separate. I don't want to go through this pain anymore.
When I do a cost benefit analysis of having a relationship, the costs outweigh the benefits to me. I see a relationship as excess responsibility. Now, not only do I have to manage my own emotions and life, which is a fulltime job with mental illness, but I need to be concerned about someone else's well being on a daily basis.
I am a good looking guy, hard working and successful. I don't exactly have a problem finding a girlfriend, but I have the issue of not wanting anyone close to me. I'm tired of being torn apart and used by the ones I love. When it happens continuously I look in the mirror and blame myself, even when it's farthest from the truth. As a result I isolate and feel comfort in doing so. No one else can hurt me when I'm alone.
It gets lonely and depressing at times for sure, but I find these emotions easier to cope with than the anxiety, fear, insecurities and discomfort of a romantic relationship. Healthy things like exercise, playing guitar, fishing, hiking, etc. can basically cure my lonely, depressing emotions. I'm now 30yrs old and have been single for 5 years and my last relationship was painful and unhealthy. I've been taking a lot of counselling and classes over the years. I've tried growing out of this, facing my fears and have gone on dates, only to end up crying for a few days in a row and aborting the idea. I can't go through with it.
I came on here to vent a bit, write out my thoughts. I get tired of explaining my situation to family and friends... it seems like they forget what I've already been telling them for years and not really understanding my condition. I know my parents would love grandchildren (and they remind me regularly), so inside it feels like I'm failing them for being myself and wanting to live alone. I feel pressured. It's nice to relate to people on here. These thoughts have been stirred up because I've been seeing a lot of good looking, smart, healthy women lately and it hurts. I want a girlfriend but it's so painful and hard to overcome. I would like to give my parents grandchildren, and have a child of my own. I realistically don't seeing it happening though. it's just a hard thing to accept some days.