Whether you first locked eyes in the coatroom in second grade or met during Intro to Algebra, the first time you feel all ooey and gooey about someone is totally special. No matter who you are, noticing that you don't just like someone — you like-like them — can be a big flipping deal. Of course, if you're a Cancer, Leo, or Taurus, aka one of the zodiac signs who never forget their first crush, you may already know how important first crushes are.
From doodling their name in your binder to watching their Instagram stories from your friend's Instagram account, so they can't see that it was you, crushes can be cute, silly, and unforgettable. And while you may not end up marrying every crush you ever have (and TBH, that's probably for the better), having feelings for someone can teach you more about yourself and the types of relationships you are looking for. Whether you asked someone out for the first time or you realize that your crush had their own longterm partner, taking healthy risks and following your heart is all a part of the romantic process.