If you’d simply swallowed your fear, grabbed yourself by the gonads and gone for it, not only would you have avoid getting hit.
If you’re in a fight, you’re going to get tagged eventually. The risk of rejection comes part and parcel with dating; you cannot avoid it.
But before you can learn how to roll with the punches, you have to learn how to gets rejected.
For every insanely hot Hollywood hunk, there’s a woman who wouldn’t touch him with a borrowed vagina. It’s up to you whether it’s going to break you or not.
Anyone who tells you otherwise is selling something. When you spar, you learn how to take the hits you can’t avoid: you can deflect, you can re-direct and you can learn how to roll with the impact so it doesn’t hit you nearly as hard as it could.