(Photo courtesy of Andrea Black on Flickr)
(Photo courtesy of Andrea Black on Flickr)

BY SARAH LEWIS, Student Life Editor

Have you ever heard something that made you so frustrated that you felt like picking up a steel chair, swinging it around, and basically turning into a WWE Wrestler? It’s a horrible feeling…that blind rage, the sudden twitch developing in your left eye, the sudden need for an inhaler and a punching bag. You’ve become incensed, so incensed, in fact, that you’re holding a steel chair or something of the like.

People around you are probably thinking, “Is this real life?…” Yes, unfortunately it is. And then, there is the crushing disappointment you feel when you realize there is nothing you can do to change the situation you have found yourself in. The only thing that can make you feel better is hitting something or even better, someone with this chair…. If you have ever felt this way, then you’re like me, and I’m about to tell you why I’ve felt like an angry 6 foot 5 inch tall man with roid rage…

I’ll admit that sometimes I can be a little shy. Not the kind of shy where I sit in the corner hyperventilating if people talk to me, but more of the ‘I’m scared to speak up if I like someone’ kind. You feel me? This is probably because I have dated my fair share of losers, and I’m fearful that everyone I’ve ever been attracted to or crushed on is exactly the same. Sounds like middle school, I’m aware, but sometimes it’s hard to lay everything out on the line.

There is nothing more infuriating than when you like someone, let’s say a friend, but you don’t tell them because you don’t want to be awkward, or you’re scared they won’t like you back. Then you just go on living your life while never telling the person your feelings. You date other people and so do they. And then on some fateful day they tell you that they used to like you…a lot, and it’s a shame things didn’t turn into something.

This is when I feel like grabbing a steel chair. Not to hit the guy…I don’t quite know who I would want to hit with the chair…maybe myself, I don’t know. But how horrible is that? Someone who turned out to be an extremely kind gentleman liked me when I liked him…and we were both too stupid to admit it. And now that it’s all out in the open, it’s far too late. SEE! AREN’T YOU JUST ENRAGED?

Now, I’ll tell you how to avoid turning into a Katy Perry song, and you’ll never end up having a one that got away. Pull up your steel chair and take a listen. First of all, honesty is the best policy. If you think someone is a honey…TELL THEM. Example: “Boy, you are looking rather dashing today.” He will most likely respond with: “WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?” and then a love song will play in the background as the scene fades to black.

Okay, it won’t be THAT perfect, but it’s better than sitting there using superglue as chapstick. This does not mean it is okay to run around telling every hot guy that he’s hot. I simply think it’s a good idea to let people know when you’re interested in them.

Bravery is key. If people were never forward about their feelings, where would we all be? NOWHERE. To go somewhere you have to go FORWARD. Keep in mind being brave doesn’t mean you giggle at every single thing a guy says. That’s obnoxious, and I’m pretty sure if guys wanted that they would walk around with a laugh track playing through their headphones. But it does mean that you can say something like this: “So, I heard you think you’re funny…on your mark, get set, make me laugh.” And say it with a completely straight face. Honestly, challenges are more exciting than easy riders.

Communication is what will get you places. Places far, far away from the ring that has steel chairs hidden underneath it. So TAKE A CHANCE. Why not? We’re taking them every day.

You’re taking a chance when you drive 80 mph on Southfield. You’re taking a chance when you skip class and when you don’t study for a final. You’re taking a chance when you eat a brownie off of an abandoned table in the UC. You’re taking a chance when you go on a blind date (I DO NOT RECOMMEND THAT, by the way). So why not take a chance on that one thing that could turn into something great. Sit on that steel chair and say, “Hey, I think I like you,” and see where it takes you.