“…we avoid labels and try to bury our emotions.”

But now, more than three years after our first kiss and more than a year after our first time, I’m still not over the possibility of him, the possibility of us. And he has no idea.

I’m told my generation will be remembered for our callous commitments and rudimentary romances. We hook up. We sext. We swipe right.

All the while, we avoid labels and try to bury our emotions. We aren’t supposed to want anything serious; not now, anyway. But a void is created when we refrain from telling it like it is, from allowing ourselves to feel how we feel. And in that unoccupied space, we’re dangerously free to create our own realities.

Jordana Narin. “No Labels, No Drama, Right?” The New York Times, May 2015.

Author: David Swanson

Pastor of New Community Covenant Church in Bronzeville. Collecting signs of life.

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