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Dear Todd Parker - (08/26/15)

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I'm getting ready to start college in the fall. I'm going to a small school in another state and I'm really excited about getting the chance to spend time in a new place. I've gotten everything together and I'm just about ready to go.

My only issue is my girlfriend. She's a year younger than me, so she's going to still be here while I'm in school a few hundred miles away. We've been together for almost a year and it has been really great. She wants to stay together and see each other during breaks and stuff. She's even planning on applying to my school. But I'm not really sure if that's what I want to do.

I mean, I'm going to be off in college, meeting new people and doing new things. What if I meet someone and really hit it off with her? Plus I've heard all kinds of stuff about how hard it is to deal with long-distance relationships. But I really like my girlfriend. She was by far the best thing about my senior year and I don't want to lose that. I don't know if I want to be tied down while I'm out there living this whole new life, either.

Should I stay with my girlfriend and see what happens? Or should I break it off? What should I do?

Indecisive in Bangor

Dear Indecisive,

Wow. You're kind of awful, aren't you?

It sounds to me like you're trying to get me to endorse some sort of play it safe, keep your options open kind of deal. Ain't going to happen, chief.

You can't have it both ways. If you want to make a clean break and head off to school unencumbered, fine. That's your right. If you want to stay with your current lady and try and keep things going, that's fine too. There's nothing wrong with either of those choices.

But that's the thing they're choices. And you have to make one, my friend.

To even entertain the possibility of letting your current young lady twist in the wind waiting for you to ride back into her heart whenever you feel like coming home for a holiday while you prowl the freshman dorms looking for somebody newthat st is cold-blooded, man. That girl has spent the past year by your side happily, by the sound of it. You're just going to let her pine away, dangling on the line while you keep fishing off another pier? That's lower than low.

Commit or get off the pot, son.

My advice? Break it off with her, jackass. If you do it now, she'll be less likely to be forced to confront the fact that she wasted a year on a selfish asshat. Do the right thing and let her get on with her life. She deserves better than the grass-is-always-greener likes of you.

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