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My parents are against my relationship with my cousin, what should I do?

Q: I am 17 years old. I am in love with my 20-year-old cousin. I love him a lot. He is everything to me. I was doing badly in school when he boosted my confidence. Now I will be graduating soon. My parents hate him as they found out that we are together. Also, I was pregnant, which embarrassed them and they said that if I live with him, they will disown me. But when I was growing up my parents never loved me. My cousin has given me that love and comfort. What is the right thing to do?

A:One can understand your love for your cousin after all that he has done for you. In the perceived absence or lack of love from the parents, any gesture akin to love can be very comforting and consequently valuable. Therefore, it is not difficult to understand that you do not want to let go of this relationship. However, the one thing that I would like to remind you of is that life is not just about one relationship. There is a lot more to life and a lot more that you need to do for yourself. At your age it becomes even more important that one does not overlook the other aspects of life. My advice to you would be to give this whole thing a little more time and use this time to fulfil the other dreams that you have. At the end of it all, its your life and obviously you decide.


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