Dear Agoura Charger,
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and I am in love with a student in my 5th period class. I want to shout their name from the top of the A-hill, but I’m a wimp. The last time I was in a relationship I got hurt and I really don’t want that happening again. I’m writing to the paper for some advice because I don’t know how much more my heart can take. Is it better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all?
–The Reluctant Valentine
It is from the people we meet and the impact they have on us, that we are able to grow. Allowing yourself to open up to someone is terrifying and when it doesn’t work out you can feel lost and rejected. Even when things end so horribly that there is not a single speck of light at the end of the tunnel, remember that flashlights do exist. You may feel the relationship was a horrible mistake, but for some crazy reason it is through making mistakes that humans learn. Your relationship, and the hardships you faced made you stronger. Be confident in who you are and remember that love is out there. It may come from a human, a pet or a rock, but not matter what, love is love!
Jumping into a new relationship can be scary, especially if your last one didn’t go so well. But if you allow yourself to be held back by the fear, you will get lost in a black hole of regret and unanswered questions. So I say go for it! The sting of rejection will never be as bad as the haunting of the unknown.
We wish you a very happy Valentine’s Day and a life filled with courage.
–The Agoura Charger
was a senior at Agoura High School. She is a decorated author who enjoys writing poetry and short stories. Her articles often involve holidays, as she is an extreme enthusiast of holidays, mainly Christmas, Halloween, and St Patrick's Day.