Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Are Together Again?

Selena Gomez and Justin BieberSelena Gomez and Justin BieberRichard Lawson, Vanity Fair

A new year is a time for new things. For burying the past in a shallow grave and moving blindly on, memory and history be damned. Unfortunately, though, some of us are weaker than others. Some can't help but look back, to reach for some old thing and cling to it because we are afraid of the future. Enter Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, two young people who are not strong enough to leave their broken relationship where it ought to be, in the ruins of yesteryear.

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No, instead they've sifted through the rubble and found each other here in 2014. And on only the second day! The two were photographed together yesterday, riding Segway personal clown machines around Justin's Calabasas neighborhood. There they were, scooting around suburban streets, already damning themselves to yet another year of push and pull, of will we/won't we. Another year of confusion and ache, of their hearts growing wrongly around picked-at wounds.

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Of course they are young and don't know any better, but where are the adults in their lives to tell them "No"? To warn them about the dangers of not feigning closure, of not bottling up all those unanswered questions and sticking them way down deep into their guts and bones where not even a therapist can get to them?? That is what mature adults do! Don't Justin and Selena want to be grownups? Don't they want to choose pride and pretend rather than, what, spending a sunny afternoon zooming around with an old love because who knows what might happen? How foolish of these two youngsters to think they can figure things out "someday," that life doesn't have to be a bitter game of stubborn regret. I'm sure they'll figure that out someday and will join us in the ranks of proper bleary, sadsack adulthood. But, alas, they're not there just yet. So for now they're zipping around together as if they are still possessed of possibility.

As if Segways aren't just about the silliest things ever invented by the human race, besides love. And all we can do is sit back and sigh and shake our heads, confident, at least, in our own determination to never look back. It's a new year! Who's got time for things we miss? Gotta keep moving. Gotta keep going. On our feet, that is. Or in a car. Or a lonely rumbling subway train. Never on a Segway. Absolutely never on one of those. We're grownups, after all.

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