OK, I'm missing something here!
If someone opens pics and I say "Nice!" that's a bad thing???? I've opened mine already! Promise. Should I offer a wedding proposal right off?
To the OP the world is full of stories of "Romeo and Juliette" and "A Moon for the Misbegotten"....as soon as you "think" about love you're already doomed! lol
I always say nobody is better than me, and I am no better than anyone else.
Meaning that, if I get rejected by someone "hotter" doesn't mean I'm any less of a person. Flip side, if I'm not attracted to someone doesn't mean I don't or won't like them. They are a valuable person, as am I.
Sometimes we self-reject:
(True Story) When I was a kid at LACC studying architecture I had a crush on a bartender. I'd stop in after class at the Detour. He was dark and handsome. Built solid and muscular. He was Australian with a wonderful accent. A charming man.
I was a very insecure 24 YO, he was a HOT man of 33! I couldn't even say anything intelligible. I was very shy.
Fast forward 33 years. At 58 I moved to Palm Springs. I met an Aussie guy online, but not quite making the connection. Even after meeting and learned his first name I didn't think of it. He's now in his 60s. So we didn't look the same. It finally clicked when I saw him in shadow and profile! So I asked what his last name was...BINGO, my old crush!
Thankfully he didn't remember me, I was a real geek. I should post a pic, he's still got a bod that would put many 30 YOs to shame, 6 pack and all! We're still seeing each other weekly for 3 months. But he's going back to Australia soon, at least for a while.
Moral? If there is one, we've both changed. I'm much more confident and more his type, if I wasn't before...I may have been. Don't rule other people, or yourself, out. In this world of "even instant gratification isn't soon enough" patience is a virtue...or at least time is a leveler!