There’s a commercial that keeps playing at the local theater, by Axe, about a guy dreaming of an opportunity lost:
The problem is not that our protagonist fears Susan Glenn (or that he wasn’t using Axe). The problem is he worships Susan Glenn.
A couple of facts:
1) No human being is worthy of worship, and any relationship founded upon worship with any being that is not a deity will eventually crash and burn horribly. There is a small chance that if he overcame his fear of Ms. Glenn, she would have accepted a date or three. There is no doubt in my mind that the results of that relationship would be far worse than the pining after lost chances our protagonist is going through now. That said,
2) Hot girls are used to being worshiped. If you want to win the hot girl and keep her, you need to set yourself apart from her mass of worshipers. The best way to do so is to take care of yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually so that you are worrying about more important things than mere hotness. The one thing she’s not used to is men who stand tall enough that when they look at her, they are evaluating: deciding whether she even measures up to their wish list, instead of counting the ways they love her.
Or, if she is used to this, she’s probably slept with most of the guys who’ve had her in that spot. Go, go Gadget Modern Culture!