"Dear Carol, I'm not sure if I'm ready to confess to my crush"
I like a guy and I think he likes me, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to tell him. I don't feel ready to date because we're only freshmen in high school. I've liked him for a few months, but doesn't liking someone mean you want to date them? And if I'm not ready, then do I have to stop liking him?
- Valentine Confusion
Dear Valentine Confusion,
You may be overthinking this. There are no real rules, and it's not a game of Red Light, Green Light. Since you like him, I hope he likes you, too. Does he make an effort to hang out with you? Does he smile and brighten when you talk? Rather than worrying that you're not ready to tell him that you like him, just take your time and keep enjoying the signals you two are sending back and forth. No need to rush your crush—or yourself. Try to enjoy this phase.
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