I am a sophomore in college, and I am on the track team. There is a girl named Hailey, who is also a sophomore on the track team. When I first saw her, I thought she was beautiful. Every practice since the first practice, I have felt myself becoming more attracted to her. When she and I first met, she and I got along well. She and I still get along well. But the more I have become attracted, the more I have not initiated any contact with her. Even though I like her, ironically, I do not want to have these feelings. I had a crush on a girl named Carly back in high school, and it ended in a hurtful and embarrassing way. She embarrassed me at our Junior Prom and I ended up going home and crying myself to sleep. Because of that, I went into college not looking for love. I believe that time will come when the time is right. I was born with high functioning autism, and I have social anxiety due to being bullied back in high school. I want to approach her, but she is always with her friends. Plus, there are two guys she gets along with extremely well including this guy named Mitch. I am waiting for the track meets to start so she can see I am a strong athlete. I am one of the fastest sprinters on the team and I plan on being the fastest. How do I handle this situation? Should I take it one step at a time, or should I try to push it aside and avoid myself from getting my feelings hurt.
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