Many people mock the idea of young love. They have this idea that we are too young to understand our feelings. But we have been trained to express and understand what we are feeling since a young age. We learn to cry if we are sad, and to be belligerent if we are mad. No one puts an age on those feelings. No one says you are too young to know what anger is. But why are we too young to know what love is? But no one ever warns you. That it hits you hard and leaves you broken. You first love burns bright then suddenly not at all. And we as a group disregard their feelings and say that it is just stupidity. As if you aren’t capable of loving someone when you are 17. Highschool sweethearts is the biggest awww I have ever heard. Its this big romantic legend. But when did a fling become reality? When you are the appropriate age and check off all the steps. From dating to meeting the parents but all within an appropriate amount of months. It is this big long process that has to be analyzed by everyone around to make sure that it is acceptable. That its a building this relationship with the white fence and three kids. Because that’s the ideal? Isnt it? That is viewed as the perfect little relationship.
There is always that famous movie line. You know the scenario, it’s very Romeo and Juliet.
The forbidden love that ends with tears and a “But daddy I love him.” I may sound cynical but I do believe in young love. All the great stories are based on the idea of young love or forbidden love. There is always the spin that young love is forbidden. In some sense it is. Young and rash most of the time ready to marry anyone who does a double take. We think that kids get confused between love and lust. But adults don’t? How does age make you all more knowing? It doesn’t, experiences do. And there isn’t a difference in the experience if you are 16 or 19. Also don’t mock us. We can feel things too. We may not be college graduates but kids have been told about crushes since the age of 2.
We mimic little kids being in love, but once your fifteen-year old says it, its all “hell no” or “you don’t know what your talking about”. I get it that parents don’t like their kids growing up. I bet Romeo didn’t get a bunch of crap from the Montague’s, maybe for loving the scorned enemy (bad move bud) but he didn’t get it for being in love. But still a great love saga that no one mocks. We shouldn’t have to die to prove our point. Calling it “cute” also doesn’t fly. Some adults get married when they have known each other for 2 months but no one mocks that. It’s just the 17 year olds that have been dating for a year. There is a show called married at first sight but young love is still the mockery. I don’t get it. It’s hard enough to tell someone at any age you love them but especially when you are younger. Some people may just say it because they think that’s what the other person wants to hear. Either way don’t shove all of us in a group.
We might not love them. They might be an epic mistake of all proportion that when we are 25 we will gag at their name. Nonetheless don’t tell us how much you don’t like them or how dumb it is. Don’t underestimate love because we are too young to feel it. Some people marry their high school sweetheart while others wish them impending doom. But they consume our thoughts and it is big and scary. We can’t identify love but we know what it is supposed to feel like. It is supposed to be fun and magical like all those movies. But people who don’t feel it don’t understand. They assume we are just stuck in a fairy-tale. Maybe we are but would you rather all us be cynical and always be like I probably wont marry them. Then you don’t date because you know you wont marry them and isn’t that the main focus of dating? Then you never date therefore you can never get married.
Girls think with their hearts and with the premise that their life should be like The Notebook or the Last Song. We can blame pornhub and john green for altering the realism of teenage “love”. Realistic it will end badly. Kids are so used to being alone so there is this hope that someone actually understands what’s going on inside their brain. Parents don’t understand why it’s so exciting to find your very own true love for the first time. It makes teenagers feel like they have someone else going through the hormones and the weirdness.
Is it a bit sexist to believe that some guys think with their bodily parts than their brain. Absolutely. Is it a theory based on mostly fact? Hell yes. The theory that boys and girls are even in the same species is mind-boggling. Both have very different views on how to run the world. Mostly teenagers. Once men actually mature they then can be inaugurated into actual society. Before that happens they are a questionable creature. It’s the whole idea that girls mature before boys and are therefore an actual acceptable human being before them. I will admit tween girls are the enemy. More feared then the zombie apocalypse and Bin Laden put together.
I get many women are afraid of adolescent boys even to adulthood. We mature while you still want to play with your action figures. But once you mature to the stage where you can look us in the eye we may be able to talk. It’s rough, especially in high school. This idea that we are all the same in these ordeals is based mostly on the teen movies. Not the sappy ones from early more like American pie.
– Olivia Burwell