Dating high school sweetheart

31-Jan-2015 12:32

Here's why:(Disclaimer: I fully accept that some people actually are mature enough and lucky enough to find true love as a teenager. In all honesty, if you're happily married to your high school sweetheart, you've done the right thing. No matter what choice you make, though, the result is often the same: You meet other people. If stages of life were musical groups, adolescence would be Limp Bizkit. I'm not talking about intellect here, or creativity, or even wisdom.

Whatever you read below, please don't be mad at me, OK? Now, free to make your own choices, you go on to college. Even in an age of social media, being in high school involves living in a bubble. Of course you fall for the first person you meet who, like, “just gets you.” The idea that there could be an utterly absurd amount of people out there who also get you seems pretty unrealistic when you're still writing bad poetry about angst, and torment, and your stupid teachers. I put a pair of boxer shorts on backwards the other day and didn't realize it until I was getting ready for bed. Teenagers can be geniuses, they can be artists, they can even be more insightful than people three times their age.

I'm here stressing over what Netflix show I should binge next, and they're out there committing to other people for the rest of their lives.

Turns out, that's just another way of saying that all of my friends are getting married.

)Anyone who's had the displeasure of being in an adolescent relationship knows it usually ends in heartbreak, followed by months (sometimes even years) of listening to embarrassingly sad music and pining over your ex. How can you find your soulmate when you've met almost none of the other awesome people out there in the world? You'll find about two dozen similarly cool and beautiful people at your college summer orientation. That's just hard to imagine when you also consider the fact that, well…Hey, no judgment. But when it comes to emotional intelligence, adolescents are pretty ridiculous. Puberty gives you the kind of uncontrollable urges that would impress The Hulk, society still refuses to see you as a real person, and every single adult you know insists that the decisions you make now will determine the course of the rest of your life.

Teens are prone to obsessing over the first person with whom they share any sort of deeper “connection,” even if that connection consists primarily of physical attraction and a shared opinion of which emoji is the coolest. Yeah, it becomes pretty easy to start making the kind of irrational choices that will make you cringe years later.

Telling your parents you hate them because they confiscated your Xbox.

Did you read “Romeo and Juliet” and think it was a realistic guide to planning your love life?

The entire idea seems crazier to me than voting Trump. It's what happens when hormones, immaturity and pointless anger drive most of your decision-making.

Listening to Limp Bizkit.(Kids who don't get the reference, please do yourselves a favor by not Googling that.)In the midst of all this turmoil, when the vast majority of emotional decisions you make will eventually mortify adult you, how is it possible to find the person who completes you?

Hell, I would be terrified to marry anyone I met during high school.

Those people actually saw what I was like as a teenager!