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Hi, Lifebabblers. Today, we're babbling about something
which can be super exciting
and super awkward - having a crush on someone.
As we grow up, our body changes and so do our feelings.
We can experience all sorts of new feelings and sometimes
they can be confusing or a bit overwhelming.
A crush is when you have strong feelings for another person.
You really like them, much more than a friend.
You might think about them a lot or want to see them all the time.
Although you might find it hard to tell them that.
A crush can feel really intense,
but it's normal to have those feelings as we get older.
Just enjoy it.
When I saw my crush, my face would go really, really red.
I began to worry about, like,
saying the wrong thing and the right thing.
I'd be scared and, like, awkward and feel nervous.
I learnt to just be myself and that it's normal to feel this way.
No, the other kind.
No, like the fancying kind.
Yes, exactly. How are you supposed to handle that?
One day, you're totally fine, doing your own thing, the next, bam!
Someone amazing comes along and suddenly your feelings are
all over the place and you're excited and nervous and giddy
and embarrassed and all at the same time. It's like... I don't know.
If you do tell someone you like them,
then you probably hope they feel the same way,
but if they don't, that's how they feel, it's not about you.
You might feel sad or embarrassed or even angry,
but over time those feelings will fade.
Sometimes you might have crushes on people you could never have a
relationship with in real life,
like a pop star, a sports coach or a teacher.
It's normal to have feelings like this,
but it's important to recognise that it's a crush.
If your crush is a grown-up, they should never encourage you.
When things don't work out how you planned,
It's really hard to understand.
A person you hoped would really care doesn't feel the same
And it's just not fair.
Hurt and sadness last a while,
But then they fade and you start to smile.
Disappointment goes and you feel brand-new.
You might not believe it, but it's true.
# I think I've got a crush
# I don't know if I should tell them
# All I know is I really like them
# I think I'll just tell my best friend
# It's an odd feeling but it's so exciting...
# ..I've got a crush. #
I once had a crush on a boy I worked on a show with,
so I felt really, really nervous around him.
When the show was over,
he didn't talk to me any more and I was really sad.
I hadn't seen him in quite a while, so I got over him quite quickly.
I can't remember a time in school when I didn't have
a crush on someone. Not that I ever really acted on any of them,
it was just fun.
You need to realise that just because you have
a crush on someone doesn't mean that they are obliged to like you back,
so you might need to prepare for some heartbreak occasionally.
Even though it can get awkward if you find out that someone
has a crush on you and you don't feel the same way about them,
always be kind, let them down gently.
There's no need to be mean.
That's all for this Lifebabble.
For more info on crushes, friendships and loads more,
check out the CBBC website.
However you're feeling, keep babbling.
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.