Love: too good or misunderstood

Kaiya Daughety

It’s strong affection, commitment, it’s respect, it’s romance, it feels indescribable, it’s what we call love. It comes in many different forms. There’s family love, friend love, and sometimes pet love. But young romantic love is different, it’s a tender feeling.
According to stageoflife.com, “61% of teens have been “in love”, of these 64% of teenage boys have said they have been in love and 59.6% of teenage girls have been in love.”
Miah Ramirez, a junior at UACHS who has been in a relationship with her girlfriend for a year and two months, explains what love feels like to her.
“Love is a rollercoaster,” said Ramirez. “It’s one I’m willing to get on and stay on.”
Her current relationship has helped her to better believe in ‘Love At First Sight’.
According to psychologytoday.com, love at first sight is described as “a person who feels an instant, extreme, and most likely long-lasting romantic attraction for a stranger upon the first sight of that particular person”.
“I believed in love at first sight before I met her, but now my belief has grown stronger after falling so deep in love with her,” said Ramirez. “It was easy for me to fall for her because she showed me how to love from another point of view; when I first met her I felt connected to her.”
People say that love is a beautiful thing but not everyone feels that this is true. Some people feel that it’s a cautionary ride that is not designed for everyone. Junior Mariela Lopez, describes what love has felt like for her.
“Love is a literal emotional rollercoaster, especially if you are like me and fall easily,” said Lopez. “My past relationships have been very rocky, but I believe that it’s my fault because once I’m in love I get attached.”
No relationship is perfect. The high moments are really good, but the bad ones are the worst thing ever and they sometimes outweigh the good.
“As teenagers, we get attached easily and we start to think that we can’t live without that person,” said Lopez. “This ultimately leads to a toxic relationship.”
Because of how impulsive and emotional teens can be, teens allow toxic relationships to take control of their lives.
“I’ve let toxic relationships become the normal of my teenage life and I shouldn’t have. That toxicity has taken the worst turns and ended up in me and my longtime boyfriend breaking up on bad terms,” said Lopez.
Social media and reality tv have been influencing teens to believe that a toxic relationship is just a form of being in love.
Angel Dilone, a junior here at UACHS, thinks that we are too old to believe in saving a toxic and unhealthy relationship.
“That toxic mindset gets old as we grow older. We aren’t adults yet, but if we are grown enough to get into that relationship; we should be grown enough to know when to get out of it,” said Dilone.
For some, love inspires positive feelings and can give you a person to confide in, but others would say that falling in love at a young age isn’t really worth the hype.

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