I don't get why kids in Middle School are so eager to start dating. I know puberty has a part in it, but does it ever occur to them that they're under 15? A friend of mine ending his freshman year (he's a year ahead of me) has had four girlfriends since 8th grade. I'm a little...bothered by that. Not that HE bothers me or anything, we've been basically been friends since I was born. All I'm saying is that there's no need to rush into the dating phase, I personally feel that 15 is the best time to start thinking about relationships. Not that I'm ever getting a girlfriend. Why? First, no girl would ever go for me. And second, you know how sometimes your teachers ask you where you see yourself in 10 years? Some of my classmates see themselves as pilots, engineers, or even athletes. I see myself in a helicopter, clutching my rife as my team prepares to assault an enemy position. I see myself as a United States Marine. Thinking about a girlfriend back home could distract me from my mission, and distractions are the last thing I need on the battlefield.