You ever met somebody that almost had you believing "Love at First Sight" was more than a myth? You know, they have the right smile, eyes blink the right way, and every word they say sounds like poetry. Unfortunately, those "right" things spark paranoia with anyone who's ever had their hopes shot down before. Most people get stuck here and end up ruining something that stood a decent chance of being beautiful before it even begins. It's a hard pill to swallow that people can't always be trusted but overdosing isn't the answer. Learn to let yourself TRY. The whole caring contest can really get petty to the point you refuse to text because you texted first the last time....sound familiar? Of course, allow the person to meet you halfway, but nothing's wrong with giving a little effort instead of trying to let it all fall in your lap. Your pride is going to tell you that you deserve to be texted/called every time you feel like talking but what happens when he's not exactly a mind reader? The worst feeling for a man is going out our way to be a chivalrous gentleman, spending our hard earned on a date, and barely getting a dry "thanks" in return. Most women who do that are trying to keep everyone on the same playing field so no one can get close enough to hurt them...but men are likely to assume you just don't appreciate anything and leave. If you feel like you're putting out too much, let him know and then if he doesn't respond, react accordingly. That doesn't make you 'thirsty". Chemistry is all too disposable nowadays it seems but you don't want to make the mistake of trusting that amazing first impression to end up just like the rest, in dissappointment. Give yourself a chance to be loved.