I have been in love with a girl in the church since I was 16 years old and now I'll be 21 this year. We are really good friends; however, I've never said anything or done anything because I don't really know the protocol to handle it. All I know is that dating is disgurished and that is the reason why I have never dated anyone in my life. However, the more time I spend with her, the more I fall in love with her. And I know some of you may be thinking that I am lusting over her body, but when I think of her that is the absolute last thing I am thinking about.
I don't really have a father figure to turn to in this situation, and I am definitely not ready to tell abouna about this. I figure the best thing would be for me to wait until I graduate college, but even then I doubt that her parents or my mother will be ready for such a big step. Perhaps when I should wait until after I graduate medical school or will that be too late? I want to wait until it's the perfect time, but I don't want to wait too long that I lose my chance with her. What do you think would be the best thing to do in this situation and how should dating be approached in the coptic church?