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As with a bruise, push on that spot in your heart from time to time. Maybe you instinctually start thinking, "When will I find someone again? While feelings of guilt are perfectly normal, that same guilt can unnecessarily hold you back. US News. And while it's totally OK to change your mind and your plans in life, you need to know what those plans are first. For example, it is unfair to start sentences with, "Joe always used to Alternatively, tag along with a friend the next time their office has a company picnic or function -- this is a great way to meet somebody who you know is responsible enough to hold down a career and who you can 'check out' with an acquainted friend before you agree to a date.