When you've done a bit of dating, made a few 'bad decisions', got a few heart bruises and started to be come a bit wary of the whole scene, it can be really tempting to get all conservative about it.
The one you are hopelessly attracted to is completely wrong - wrong age, wrong career, wrong life stage, wrong values. The one who likes you ticks all the boxes - right age, right life stage, sensible job, common values and interests.
What's a girl to do?! You know that the first option is going to end in tears. You're a grown up right? A sensible, logical woman who prides herself on having learned from her mistakes. You know that Mr ABC is a far better option, a safer bet, a mature choice.
And so you embark on a new relationship. You can't call it an adventure, you can't really even call it a passionate journey - because after all, this is about being grown up and logical. Blind passion is for the young and misguided. You are beyond that - you believe in stability and sense, the old fashioned view of started with common ground and building the rest.
It doesn't take long and things are not so solid after all. Yes, he's safe, and reliable, and meets the criteria you thought you needed to check off. But, it's wrong, oh so wrong. You knew that, you did, but you were trying to be so SENSIBLE. You really wanted to have learned from those previous misadventures!
What's a girl to do?
There was a time, not so long ago, when I would have been the one to advocate sticking it out. But now I'm not so sure. I think I may have passed over to the dark side.
Now, if I was asked, I'd be more likely to say...
Stuff it, throw caution to the wind. go with your instincts. Sensible can wait.