REPEAT AFTER ME
MOLLY. IS. NOT. PATHETIC. Her love for Sherlock does not make her pathetic. There is absolutely nothing wrong with being unconditionally in love with someone who may or may not love you back. You simply CANNOT choose who you love, and Molly’s situation is a perfect example. I’m sure, if Molly could choose, she wouldn’t love Sherlock, because her feelings for him really have caused her more pain than joy. However, she can’t choose who she loves, so she embraces it. She does what she can for him, even when he makes her angry or hurts her, because she loves him and her love is not conditional on his reciprocation.
In the words of Louise Brealey,
“Loving someone after years is not reductive, retrograde, antifeminist or weak.”