Ah, dating. Navigating the world of romantic relationships can be like navigating a minefield blindfolded, especially when you’re trying to figure out who you are, what you believe and how to keep your grades up (much less where you’re going to college and juggling all those extracurricular activities). There are some things you probably don’t have to worry about in high school and, trust me, we’re not trying to push you into a relationship if you’re not ready for it.
The point of this roundtable is really for those of us who have traversed the minefield of romance before, to offer to you what we wish we would have known when we were your age. You might have heard some of this stuff before, but some of it is stuff your parents probably wouldn’t tell you.
Whether you believe that dating, courtship, or some other format for relationships is right for you, I hope that you can take these things to heart and have the best friendships and relationships possible.
So, without further ado, here are our Top 5 Tips for Relationships:
ZACH’S VIEW: SAY WHAT YOU MEAN (AND MEAN WHAT YOU SAY)
“I know a lot of girls who think they have to try to act mysterious or keep a guy guessing in order to keep him interested. I’m gonna let you in on a little secret, ladies…” (READ MORE)
—Zach Hunter, Anti-Slavery Activist and Author of Chivalry and Be the Change
JAIMIE’S VIEW: “LOVE IS NOT A FEELING”
“‘Love’ is not a feeling. Choose to love someone whether or not they always act in a loving manner toward you…” (READ MORE)
—Jaimie Ramsey, Writer, Jaimieramsey.com
MATT’S VIEW: HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY
“Maybe you’re slightly messy, maybe you have one of those 2nd toes that’s longer than your big toe or maybe your family really is crazy. So what? Ditch the cover-up and be honest.” (READ MORE)
—Matt Shirley, Writer, We Are the Vigilant
CIONA’S VIEW: “THIRST FOR WATER, NOT YOUR BOYFRIEND“
“God within us fulfills our emptiness. You do not need anyone else to make you happy, whole or complete.” (READ MORE)
—Ciona Rouse, Poet and Storyteller at Do the Crazy Thing