Depending on the person there is only so much crushing the heart and soul
of a hopeless romantic
can take, if they're strong they might last half a lifetime of successive misery in the search for their one true love in the context of a successful relationship
. Whether it's because they're too fussy
or not discerning enough in their selection of the love of their life
, sooner or later their personal quest for romance
and love will shrink to nothingness.
After the point of no return the hopeless romantic becomes a recovering romantic, as she/he no longer believes in the notion of romantic love.
Being a recovering romantic feels like being on the path to redemption for the wasted time and tears of being a hopeless romantic. A hard path to follow, hope being replaced with relentless cynicism.
(N.B. It is ironic a "hopeless" romantic is so called when they are the one type of romantic that prioritises hope above all else).
The next stage after being a recovering romantic is to either suddenly meet a true soulmate, or become cold unhappy and lonely. They are fully recovered.