The 14 Best And Worst Locations For A First Kiss

The 14 Best And Worst Locations For A First Kiss

My first kiss went a little like this...

We all have a first kiss. It may be in high school, it may be in middle school, or it may be in adulthood. My first kiss was mediocre at best and the product of an IOU, so admittedly not magical. I was writing a piece for literary magazine about kissing (I'm a hopeless romantic; what can I say), and it occurred to me to ask my friend Cayla about her first kiss. Then it turned into a class poll. The youngest age was 10 and the oldest was 18, and there were broad locations in which they had taken place. Here I rank from 1 to 14 the best and worst places to have your first kiss.

1. On a cruise ship in the middle of the Pacific Ocean at 10 o'clock with the stars shining everywhere - male, 18

This one was decidedly the best and most romantic; it is also the most detailed. Who could resist a kiss under the stars- not I!

2. In the middle of the hallway on my way to class - female, 18

This one at least sounds like something out of a movie: boy swoops in to steal a kiss on the way to class. It's mildly romantic! Warning- it gets weirder from here.

3. In the basement during a good ol' fashioned game of spin the bottle - female, 33

This one is just such a classic. I think most of the people born from the 60's to the late 80's had their first kiss this way, and personally, I think it's super fun and retro. A lot of people in my generation will probably never get to say this!

4. In the lobby of our local movie theater - male, 17

This one is a bit cliché and a little too public for me.

5. Outside the portables on the way to Spanish class - me

Yes, this was my IOU kiss. He owed me for a piece of gum, and I decided that my payment would be a kiss. The worst part is that it was just last year.

6. Near the bus lanes in the 8th grade - male, 18

This was my boyfriend. Apparently he was very "smooth" in 8th grade (his words, not mine).

7. On a bus in 7th grade on the way back from a chorus competition - female , 17

This one was rather interesting. I don't think I would have appreciated getting kissed on the bus in front of my teachers and friends, but apparently no one saw, so it's not the most romantic but also not the least romantic.

8. Pre-band concert in the instrument room, trombone was my life - female, 17

This one is tame, but in the instrument room? Were you holding your trombone too? That could have been awkward.

9. In a theater during the credits of "The Hobbit" - male, 17

This one is so funny to me. First of all, he took her to see The Hobbit, of all movies, for a date, and she still kissed him during the credits! Nerd love at its best- she's a keeper.

10. After watching "Star Wars" and two seconds later his grandma walked in - female, 16

Another jewel, but it's a good thing his grandma didn't walk in any earlier!

11. Sophomore year, in a playhouse in my friend's backyard - male, 17

I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. Why were you in a playhouse? Why did your friend still have a playhouse your sophomore year? What were you doing at your friend's house to require you to be in a playhouse? WHY WERE YOU IN A PLAYHOUSE?!

12. The same summer camp I got kicked out of two years later - male, 17

This one is pretty scandalous, mostly because you have to do something pretty bad to get kicked out of summer camp and not because your first kiss was there.

13. In the back of the orchestra room with everyone watching, AND he missed my mouth - female, 17

This is so awkward; he missed your mouth?! That's pretty embarrassing, but they did end up dating for 2 years afterwards, so happy ending, I guess?

14. In my dreams - very sad high school senior

When he said this to me I laughed, but I felt so bad. He was definitely being funny about it, but your time will come, buddy!

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To The Boy Who Will Love Me Next

If you can't understand these few things, leave before things get too involved

To the boy that will love me next, I need you to know and understand things about me and my past. The things I have been though not only have shaped the person I’ve become, but also sometimes controls my life. In the past I’ve been used, abused, and taken for granted, and I want something real this time. The guys before you were just boys; they didn’t know how to treat me until it was too late. They didn’t understand how to love me, until I broke my own heart. Before you truly decide to love me I want you to understand these things.

When I tell you something, please listen.

I’m my own person, I want to be loved a certain way. If I ask you to come over and watch movies with me please do it, if I ask for you to leave me alone for a few hours because it’s a girl’s night please do it. I don’t just say things to hear my own voice, I say things to you because it’s important to my life and the way I want to be loved. I’m not a needy person when it comes to being loved and cared for, but I do ask for you to do the small things that I am say.

Forgive my past.

My past is not a pretty brick road, it is a highway that has a bunch of potholes and cracks in it. I have a lot of baggage, and most of it you won’t understand. But don’t let my past decided whether you want to love me or not. My past has helped form who I am today, but it does not define who I am. My past experiences might try and make an appearance every once in a while, but I will not go back to that person I once was, I will not return to all that hurt I once went though. When I say those things, I’m telling the complete and honest truth. I relive my past every day, somethings haunt me and somethings are good reminds. But for you to love me, I need you to accept my past, present and future.

I’m just another bro to the other guys.

I have always hung out with boys, I don’t fit in with the girl groups. I have 10 close girlfriends, but the majority of my friends are guy, but don’t let this scare you. If I wanted to be with one of my guy friends I would already be with him, and if you haven’t noticed I don’t want them because I’m with you. I will not lose my friendships with all my guy friends to be able to stay with you. I will not cut off ties because you don’t like my guy friends. I have lost too many buddies because of my ex-boyfriends and I promised myself I wouldn’t do that again. If you don’t like how many guy friends I have you can leave now. Don’t bother trying to date me if you can accept the fact I’m just another bro.

I might be a badass, but I actually have a big heart.

To a lot of people I come off to be a very crazy and wild girl. I will agree I can be crazy and wild, but I’m more than that. I’m independent, caring, responsible, understanding, forgiving, and so such more type of woman. Many people think that I’m a badass because I don’t take any negatively from anyone. Just like we learned when we were younger, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.” Most people can’t do that in today’s world, so I stick up for myself and my friends. I don’t care what anyone thinks about me, or their option on how I live my life. The only thing I care about is being able to make myself happy. Even though I’m an independent woman, understand that I do have a big heart. Honesty when I truly care for someone I will do just about anything they ask, but don’t take advantage of this. Once you take advantage of this part of me, all respect will be lost for you.

I’m hard to love.

Sometimes I want to be cuddle and get attention, and sometimes I don’t want you to talk to me for a couple hours. Sometimes I want you to take me out for a nice meal, but sometimes I want a home cooked meal. Every day is different for me, sometimes I change my mind every hour. My mood swings are terrible on certain days, and on those days you should probably just ignore me. I’m not easy to love, so you’ll either be willing to find a way to love me, or you’ll walk out like so many others have.

I’m scared.

I’m scared to love someone again. I’ve been hurt, heartbroken, and beat to the ground in my past relationships. I want to believe you are different, I want to hope things will truly work out, but every relationship has always ended up the same way. I’m scared to trust someone, put my whole heart into them, just to be left and heartbroken again. I sick and tired of putting my whole body and soul into someone for them to just leave when it is convenient for them. If you want to love me, understand it won’t be easy for me to love you back.

When “I’m done.”

When I say “I’m done” I honestly don’t mean that I’m done. When I say that it means I need and want you to fight for me, show me why you want to be with me. I need you to prove that I’m worth it and there’s no one else but me. If I was truly done, I would just walk away, and not come back. So if I ever tell you, “I’m done,” tell me all the reasons why I’m truly not done.

For the boy who will love me next, the work is cut out for you, you just have to be willing to do it. I’m not like other girls, I am my own person, and I will need to be treated as such. For the boy that will love me next, don’t bother with me unless you really want to be with me. I don’t have time to waste on you if you aren’t going to try and make something out of us. To the boy who will love me next, the last thing I would like to say is good luck, I have faith in you.

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The 7 Stages Of A Breakup, As Told By Netflix's 'Someone Great'

Alexa play "Truth Hurts" by Lizzo, and max volume, please.


We all know how it feels to get your heart broken by a guy. Whether it be in your teens or in your 30s, everyone experiences it, or already has. After watching the movie “Someone Great" on Netflix, it hit me deep in my feels. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. It made me realize all of the stages of going through a rough breakup, and I could not relate to a movie more.

1. When you first breakup and will cry about it to just about anyone

We all know that we do this almost immediately after a break-up. You are just trying to get out of the house so you go to the store, something reminds you of our ex, and next thing you know, you're talking the stranger's ear off in the grocery store for the next 2 hours.

2. When your friends call you and you say you're fine but you really haven't moved from your couch in two days and all you have done is eat two gallons of ice cream and watch "The Notebook" on repeat

"Just come do something with us, or let us come there."

"Nah, I'm okay, I actually have a super busy day today."

Yeah, if you mean busy as in binge-watching every episode of "Pretty Little Liars," then yeah, count me out of all plans so I can rewatch every episode for the next 3 weeks. We all know that feeling of not wanting to move out of bed for as long as you can after a break-up.

3. When that ONE song comes on at the mall, and you suddenly realize it was "your" song

This one hits differently. You're literally just minding your own business, trying to treat yourself to a little bit of a wardrobe change because of how sad you have been all week and BAM, it hits you like a train. Next thing you know you're crying in the dressing room of Forever 21 wondering where it all went wrong.

4. Finally caving in and hanging with your friends, realizing that this is what you needed all along

You never want to leave your bed after a breakup, you seem to cancel or bail out on every plan you try to make, then finally, after you have run out of tears, you actually follow through with a girl's night, and then you suddenly realize that all along, just time spent with the gals is what you needed. Trust me, been there, done that. In most cases, a dance party is also well needed.

5. The morning after your girl’s night, you realize that having these gals is better than the boy 

Having your girls there for you in such a tough time actually helps so much. It helps save the tears, the constant replaying of memories in your head, and saves you the time you could be wasting if you're sinking into a deep sadness over something so dumb. That support system is vital for post-breakup, and even I know that.

6. You let him go one last time

Whether it be writing a letter, throwing away all your old memories with him, or by finally getting all your clothes back from his place that have piled up over the past few months or years. It is a truly bittersweet feeling and might even hurt a little, but it's time. You're going to thrive without him.

7. You truly know how much better you’re doing without him

You have reached the point of no return. You’re finally thriving without him. You’re never going back, and you know how much potential your life has and how much better you are without him. Your heart is whole again.

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