High School Sweetheart: Misunderstandings About Love

By Jahari Hilton
Staff Writer

Often in high school, you meet numerous teens, mainly girls, who claim to “have found their one true love” or “fallen in love.” Some people are quick to tell them they’re not, others admire them for it. People tell these teens they’re not in love because of their age.

“You’re too young to even know what love is.”

Even though, half of the time it’s true, you can not put an age limit on love. Sometimes you just know. But if you’re falling in love with a different guy or girl every few months, then you have no idea what love is.

Adults tell teenagers that they should explore the dating world more and not to settle down but is that really the right think to say? Everybody knows at least one person that takes the advice too far by dating someone new every week… or not dating at all. This advice does not mean go out and get “jiggy” with someone, it means don’t move too fast.

For teenagers, the word LOVE is misinterpreted and mixed up with their hormones. Is it true that you can’t stop thinking about that certain someone when you fall in love but you also do that, as a teen, when you just really like someone. Sometimes people think that if you go from talking about how in love with a person you are to arguing a lot, that you’re not in love. Couples argue rather they’re in love or not. Nothing is going to change that. It doesn’t matter if they argue every month or every week.

One thing about love that is really understood in the world of teenagers is its rareness. YOU CAN NOT FALL IN LOVE FIVE TIMES IN ONE LIFE TIME unless you’re Gus in “Remember Sunday”, who had lost his short- term memory. If you start dating someone and they begin to tell you that they love you you do not have to say it back. And just because you really really like somebody does not mean you’re in love with them. There’s a huge difference in the two.

So which advice is right and which one is wrong? You’ll never really know. Some people really do find the love of their lives in high school, sometimes it takes longer. It’s not up to you to just decide that you’ve fallen in love. Love is a privilege handed to you, not a choice. When you feel it you, you’ll know. And if you actually do feel it, then don’t worry about what anybody else has to say because in the end only you know how you feel.

Bottom line is, before you start expressing such strong feelings for someone, think about it. Be smart because if you don’t, you’ll end up with your heart-broken and a sad face.

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4 Comments on “High School Sweetheart: Misunderstandings About Love”

  1. akmccorkle May 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm #

    Very sage advice, and very well expressed Jahari! Beautiful piece.

    • jaytweety21 June 4, 2013 at 8:50 pm #

      thank you Ms. McCorkle!

  2. Mrs. Jayla M McCrary (@MrsJPatMan) November 20, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

    Very well said, alot of teens and young woman really appreciate your advice, and realistic facts of Life. God Bless You Sister

    • jaytweety21 December 31, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

      Thanks so much. Your feedback is well appreciated. It’s nice to be a good influence on others my age and younger.

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