4) Meet someone I have never met before, who knows nothing about me, knows no one I know, is known by no one who knows me, and will have zero preconceptions to cloud, confuse and muddy the relationship*
5) Fall in love with that person as she falls in love with me
6) Live happy ever after
* I can’t underline this point too much. I can only move on and be happy in love in the future, if that future isn’t connected to people of my past. There is too much pain there to overcome now; and so much time would be wearisomely wasted were it even possible to rescue such existences from their current resting-places.
Onwards and upwards then; towards a newly public double life!