Very insightful! I enjoyed reading this. But I feel that stopping yourself from “saying it with your chest” to someone you find alluring because of what may/may not happen isn’t the right frame of mind to live life with. Like in business(startups to be precise), if you enter with doubts, your chances of success reduce.
Furthermore, concerning the fear of dating early because it may be a waste of time, I believe that if you see a relationship as an opportunity to leave someone better than you met them in all aspects, regardless of the final outcome, you’ll be more than willing to take the step (plus, it’s a learning opportunity) .
Life is short. Even “being careful” has to be done in moderation. I apologize for the length, I just really found it interesting.