I know break ups are apart of life, its just how my issues handle them that makes me afraid to date.
Fear is probably not the word, needing to cleans the soul would be a good one. Took ~5 years off. Then I went kind of nuts.
it's not fear, but i've been too self-absorbed to connect with someone new
No. I have gone for a period after a breakup without dating, but mostly it was because I was mourning the loss of the relationship and because my heart wasn't ready to let anyone else in. It takes me a while to get over someone I care about. Fear doesn't really play into it.
Never been in that position, however, just that thought scares me.
Not at all. I just don't want to drag baggage into a new one
Yes, It's not easy, cause you don't know for sure if it's rebound or a genuine need.