Now that Caleb and I are dating, I do kinda wish I had some sort of experience in dating to fall back on.This is my first ever dating relationship, and I have pretty much no idea what we’re doing.That winter, my youth group had a lock-in and one of my really close friends (who was 2 years older than me and so had already graduated high school) came to help out.
If I practiced saying “no” to a dating relationship when I really wanted one, I figured this could help me say “no” in the future to more harmful things.
My friend pointed out that now that she was single again, she felt freer to reach out to other girls around her and grow in friendships.
I had friends and family around me who I could hang out with.
Additionally, I believed Jesus was right by my side every inch of the way, so I had no cause to turn to a boyfriend to stop my loneliness.
And if you don’t have a strong sense of self when you’re in high school, it can be easy to share everything with him to gain validation.