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I am in love with my neighbour and don't know how to tell her this. She smiles at me a lot, but I don't know if she feels the same way I do. How do I get her to understand how I feel?
This sounds like an awful movie, to be honest. If you like her, ask her out. If she smiles at you, it may have nothing to do with any feelings for you; she may just like smiling a lot. Either way, it's her you should be telling this to.
My mother wants me to date her best friend's daughter, because they like the idea of us possibly marrying some day. This doesn't make sense to me though, because I am in love with someone else.
I don't want to hurt my mother's feelings, but this sounds like an arranged marriage and I am just not comfortable with the idea. At the same time, I'm afraid that if I don't listen, my mother may never completely accept the woman I choose to marry, because she will think about how I gave up on the woman she had chosen for me, keeping my best interests at heart. This is really making me depressed and I can't even talk to my mother about it. What should I do?
I think you underestimate your mother. She may want you to marry someone specific, but you fail to take into account the possibility that she will support you no matter what you choose to do. You can't just go through life thinking the worst of someone without giving them a chance to prove you wrong. Why can't you simply sit your mother down and tell her how you feel, not just about her idea, but about the girl you are in love with. Have you introduced the two of them? Does she know your girlfriend exists? If you can't talk to your mother, who can you talk to? Speak to a relative if you think that will be easier.
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