Dreams are, by definition, cursed with short life spans.
Men say they love independence in a woman, but they don't waste a second demolishing it brick by brick.
People see you as an object, not as a person, and they project a set of expectations onto you. People who don't have it think beauty is a blessing, but actually it sets you apart.
Though beauty gives you a weird sense of entitlement, it's rather frightening and threatening to have others ascribe such importance to something you know you're just renting for a while.
Memory is the first casualty of middle age, if I remember correctly.