Dear Tragedy or Comedy: Did you hear that Tiger Woods has reportedly been playing golf with nagging knee pain for the past 10 or 12 years? And yet he has been able to win tournament after tournament with this nagging pain. See, it is possible to live life with an uncomfortable pain and still win a major. Likewise, it is possible to have a painful crush and still win big. You just have to play through the pain. Trying to move on by hanging out with her is like someone trying to lose weight hanging out at a doughnut shop. If you can't function, talk to a mental health professional (you might be suffering from depression that has little to do with her). If you can't be friends with her without wanting her, stay away from her.
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