Would You Confess Your Love To An Ex Who's Engaged?

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 12/05/2013 | 01:00 PM EST

Waiting to tell your ex you love them can cost you forever

Imagine if your ex, the one person you ever truly loved, was engaged to be married and you were wrestling with whether or not to tell him or her, in fear of rejection or losing them forever. While it seems like an unlikely scenario, it happens more than you’d think.

Just what do you do in the hypothetical situation? Do you cast your feelings aside and respect the fact that your ex has moved on, or do you pour your heart out in hopes that he or she will reciprocate those same feelings. While it’s unlikely that your ex would feel the same way, considering they’ve made the commitment to soon marry someone else, there’s always that glimpse of hope that the end result would be like how it does in the movies where true love conquers all, with or without someone else in the picture.

Unfortunately life doesn’t always, if ever, play out like the movies. If it takes an engagement for you to muster up the courage to share your feelings with an old flame, chances are it would never work in the first place. Time waits for no one. If you want to let someone, your ex in particular, know that you love them, simply tell them. Waiting until they get engaged is not only selfish, but only reveals how cowardly you were in not saying something earlier. It may even be a sign of pure jealousy or frustration with seeing someone who once belonged to you move on with someone else - which is more territorial than anything else.

They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, and the old adage could not be more true. While you can’t help who you love, waiting until it’s too late can cost you forever.

(Photo: Mint Images - Tim Robbins/Getty Images)

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