This one time in high school, a guy tried to play off my love of art by letting me choose between a new box of markers or a date with him . . . I chose the markers.
I wasn't completely socially inept in high school — I had friends, took part in after-school activities, etc. — but when it came to the opposite sex (when it wasn't 100 percent platonic on both sides), I can only describe myself as a cross between Hermione, Josie Grossie, and Chris Brander in Just Friends. If I wasn't friend-zoned, I was running away (literally) from any sort of interested parties and having awkward interactions with guys I crushed on from afar. Spoiler alert: I didn't have my first kiss until college. With the hopes that others will relate to my excruciatingly embarrassing high school experience, allow me to share my journey. To my fellow late bloomers, let's take a walk down memory lane, shall we?
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When you see your crush with his new girlfriend.
How you spend prom night.
Trying to get the friend you have a crush on to notice you.
When all your friends are talking about their first time having sex.
When your best friend gets a boyfriend.
How you totally play it cool.
When you think that cute guy is waving at you but it's to the girl behind you.
When all the girls at football games are wearing their boyfriends' jerseys.
When you go to a dance alone.
Whenever a cute guy tries to talk to you.
When someone asks you to dance and he's superweird.
That moment when you totally think you're going to get your first kiss.
When your friends are like, "Why don't you just go talk to him?!"
How you feel every weekend.
How you feel every time Feb. 14 comes back around.
Whenever you watch a romantic comedy.
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What you tell people when they ask why you don't have a boyfriend.
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When you find yourself near that really hot older guy.
When no one asks you to prom . . . again.
Getting ready to go out with a group of friends that includes your crush.
When a guy actually gives you attention.
But then you're like . . .
How you feel at the end of every dance because your crush ignored you.
After hanging out with the guy you're obsessed with all day.
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Pretty much every time you try to talk to a member of the opposite sex.
When you give up and ask that really boring/nice guy to go to prom with you.
When your friends try to make you feel better by saying, "Guys like you."
What your mom tells you every time you have a meltdown.
Trying to be happy for all your friends who have boyfriends.
What your weekends look like senior year when everyone's coupled up.
When you see couples making out during lunch.
But secretly you wish it was you.
Going to the beach with your crush.
Source: MTV