The Allure of the One Who Got Away

Alecia Kennedy
6 min readDec 27, 2023

Why we romanticize the love that didn’t last

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If you have lived long enough, you are likely to have had a relationship or three that didn’t make it. I know as I approach middle-age, I certainly have. I’ve been married and divorced twice. I’ve had two other serious relationships that I thought would lead somewhere but didn’t. And then I’ve had a patchwork of people I’ve dated, people who wanted to date…