I’m not saying never chase relationships, but I’m saying that more important than anything in this stage of life is discovering, enriching and loving ourselves. After all, we’re going to all be living with ourselves for decades to come, guaranteed, so we may as well learn to make good company with ourselves ahead of time!
Austin Czechowski is a junior at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. Would you like A Word of Advice from him? Send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send him a letter to “Teen Talk: A Word of Advice,” C/O The Daily Star, P.O. Box 250, Oneonta, NY 13820. ‘Teen Talk’ columns can be found at www.thedailystar.com/teentalk.