Making it work

In Editorials on November 7, 2011 at 7:30 pm

By: Drew Marshall

            During my time at Fort Mill High School, I’ve seen relationships made, and either kept or broken. There may be lots of ways in which people cannot seem to make it work, but I’m lucky enough to have made it work for the long-term. It isn’t easy, but with a little effort, I think a lot more people could do it too.

            I think that the biggest key in being in a relationship is the ability to not be in a relationship. If a person feels a need to go after another person, then it is most likely not going to work. People need to be able to stand on their own, if they can manage to be with another person. One can’t expect everything out of another person, because he/she is just going to be let down. Another person can’t be expected to complete you, because one needs to solve their own problems in order to be able to function in a relationship. If a person can make it on their own, then they are more likely to be happy with someone else.

            People also need to be more considerate of another person. This is something that many people, like myself, struggle with. It’s easy to become involved with yourself, but sometimes, other people need to be thought of as well. It’s tough because people naturally are about themselves and it’s easy to get complacent. Sacrifices must be made and people have to think outside of their own needs. With stress and school, this can be really difficult, and I think most people can’t figure out how to do this in high school.

            Relationships are difficult. High school students most likely are not ready for a long-term one. The one thing that most students probably can’t manage: effort. Effort is, in my opinion, the most important thing in a relationship. I’ve been dating my girlfriend now for 15 months and the hardest part is to continually try at it every day. It can be exhausting and tough, but it’s worth it if you are with the right person. I think that people in high school should choose their relationships wisely and when it is right, that’s when it’s worth all the effort.

            Hopefully, all people will maneuver their way through high school, making the right choices about relationships they make. Every relationship is important, but the point is to make one last. If one doesn’t think that they can make it through a long-term relationship, then they shouldn’t be in one. It takes time to find the right person, but when it happens, in high school or beyond, it will be easy to put forth the effort to make it work.


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