I just had a long talk with my parents about how I feel invalid in my decisions and emotions. Along the way, my dad asked if I was in a relationship. I said no but that yes wanted to come off my lips. I told them I wanted to make mistakes, I want to share my happiness, I want to be able to share my life with respect on both ends. They want that too. They said that they just want to live in peace with me so I can say that I am in a relationship, with who, ect. but I'm...lost. I explained how I feel so alone as a Christian here in Massachusetts. That I have no pastor, no other Christian to go to for answers and opinions. That is why I am here. Out of desperation. I'm at this weird point in high school where I am so done with all the sorrow I have lived with in school and that I am one of the older students in my grade, therefore I should be this excited to get out. But I am at this point where I want to expand my faith in whatever way I can find and search out what I believe. My mom made the point that I serve God, not any other "master." I knew that, but that is not how I have grown up feeling even though I know that was not their intention. So I want to tell them about how happy I am. How I am not being abused. How loved I am. Can I have some help on how to do that? My boyfriend and I have been dating for three months today, and talking since November. He is 23, I am 18. He is from Spain, works in an auto shop... I've had awful boyfriends in the past that rejected the idea of religion at all, and the other day I let my boyfriend read my journal that I keep in my purse, and the first long thing I wrote in their was talking to God. About how I loved him, missed him, wanted my faith to grow. My boyfriend's energy changed after reading it, so I feel that something is changing in him. I pray about that everyday. But my point of saying all this is, even if this all fails, I just want my parents to know that I am happy right now, I am still trying to find my way at this age with Christ, and just want to be respected.