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Crushes

The Lifebabble team tackle issues important to young people. The team talk about crushes - how crushes can make you feel and how it's normal to have them.


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Hi, Lifebabblers. Today, we're babbling about something

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which can be super exciting

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and super awkward - having a crush on someone.

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As we grow up, our body changes and so do our feelings.

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We can experience all sorts of new feelings and sometimes

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they can be confusing or a bit overwhelming.

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A crush is when you have strong feelings for another person.

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You really like them, much more than a friend.

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You might think about them a lot or want to see them all the time.

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Although you might find it hard to tell them that.

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A crush can feel really intense,

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but it's normal to have those feelings as we get older.

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Just enjoy it.

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PHONE RINGS

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When I saw my crush, my face would go really, really red.

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I began to worry about, like,

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saying the wrong thing and the right thing.

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I'd be scared and, like, awkward and feel nervous.

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I learnt to just be myself and that it's normal to feel this way.

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Crushes.

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No, the other kind.

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No, like the fancying kind.

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Yes, exactly. How are you supposed to handle that?

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One day, you're totally fine, doing your own thing, the next, bam!

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Someone amazing comes along and suddenly your feelings are

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all over the place and you're excited and nervous and giddy

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and embarrassed and all at the same time. It's like... I don't know.

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Exactly!

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If you do tell someone you like them,

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then you probably hope they feel the same way,

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but if they don't, that's how they feel, it's not about you.

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You might feel sad or embarrassed or even angry,

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but over time those feelings will fade.

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Sometimes you might have crushes on people you could never have a

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relationship with in real life,

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like a pop star, a sports coach or a teacher.

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It's normal to have feelings like this,

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but it's important to recognise that it's a crush.

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If your crush is a grown-up, they should never encourage you.

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When things don't work out how you planned,

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It's really hard to understand.

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A person you hoped would really care doesn't feel the same

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And it's just not fair.

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Hurt and sadness last a while,

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But then they fade and you start to smile.

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Disappointment goes and you feel brand-new.

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You might not believe it, but it's true.

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# I think I've got a crush

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# I don't know if I should tell them

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# All I know is I really like them

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# I think I'll just tell my best friend

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# It's an odd feeling but it's so exciting...

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# ..I've got a crush. #

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PHONE RINGS

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I once had a crush on a boy I worked on a show with,

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so I felt really, really nervous around him.

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When the show was over,

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he didn't talk to me any more and I was really sad.

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I hadn't seen him in quite a while, so I got over him quite quickly.

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I can't remember a time in school when I didn't have

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a crush on someone. Not that I ever really acted on any of them,

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it was just fun.

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You need to realise that just because you have

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a crush on someone doesn't mean that they are obliged to like you back,

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so you might need to prepare for some heartbreak occasionally.

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Even though it can get awkward if you find out that someone

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has a crush on you and you don't feel the same way about them,

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always be kind, let them down gently.

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There's no need to be mean.

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That's all for this Lifebabble.

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For more info on crushes, friendships and loads more,

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check out the CBBC website.

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However you're feeling, keep babbling.

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The Lifebabble team talk about crushes - how crushes can make you feel and how it's normal to have them. The Lifebabblers share some of their own experiences of crushes, Chavala offers advice, and Ollie sings a song.