I think I might have a thing for a girl who’s too young for me. She isn’t that young – less than 3 years younger, but I’ll be turning 18 in a few months, and that would lead to legal issues in the state of Pennsylvania. I don’t want to avoid her or become hostile towards her, because she’s done nothing to deserve that. I don’t want to date someone else just to distract myself. How can I keep my mind off of her?
EDIT: She doesn’t know about how I feel. She and I are friends. I’m not asking for advice regarding the girl. I already know that I must not pursue her. I’m asking for advice regarding keeping my mind off of her and moving on.
She is not worth potentially losing your freedom. Leave her alone until she is of legal age to consent, then if you still have a connection, pursue it. Until them, tell her the truth; she is too young.