Every time I feel a shitty emotion, I’ve been conditioned to try & escape. Why? What happens if I (gasp) just sit and feel it in all its ugly glory?
First off, stop going in tanning beds and don't let anyone talk you into getting bangs. Trust me. With that out of the way, here are a few other things to keep in mind as you navigate the insane world of high school, college, and early adulthood.
In defense of getting excited, being a try-hard, and giving a sh*t about everything.
"You teach people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce."
Ca$h, couches, calories, criticism, and compromising. That basically sums it up.
I realized that I had fallen into the trap of thinking there were certain "rules" of dating that I needed to follow.