There is no greater gift in the world than to love and be loved. I have been in love for 10+ years and everyday I’m excited to spend time with my love. Let’s call him “S”, shall we? S and I have been together since February 2003…ever since I was in high school! He’s the love of my life and everyday I’m thankful to have him by my side. I’m not trying to get all mushy, but love isn’t included in my blog title for no reason. Love makes the world go ’round!
When I tell someone S and I have been together for almost 11 years and we aren’t married, I get this look of confusion. I’m going to go out a on a limb here, but I assume everyone thinks “oh, they won’t ever get married”. Let me be first to say not true! Our situation is perhaps just very unheard of.
A few weeks ago, when someone asked how long S and I have been together and I told her, she said “oh, let me tell you a horror story”. She went on to tell me that her sister dated a guy for 15 years, and he came home one day and told her he’d met someone else. Then she said, “you have to start making demands”. If you know anything at all about me…I don’t make demands. I explained to this kind lady as much and went on to say S and I are completely on the same page. Then she told me how rare my situation is and that I should write an article for Cosmopolitan magazine. Perhaps others would be offended by this conversation, but I was just…inspired, perhaps? I think what’s most interesting is that people assume someone’s spouse can’t just walk out on them if they’re married. It happens every day, I’m sure. What I took from the conversation is that I should be incredibly grateful that I’ve found such a good partner in S.
Everyone has their own definition of what true love is, and I’m no different. To me, true love means waking up everyday knowing you have the best possible person by your side. It means smiling at the very thought of them, and feeling excitement at the sight of them. It means knowing someone is there to support you every step of the way. If S and I could spend all day, everyday together we would…and we do, with the exception of time spent at work. It’s a good feeling knowing I have my best friend by my side day in and day out.
I say all this to say, I hope you have true love in your life. If you aren’t so lucky in love right now, you will be one day, when the time is right. You just have to believe. There is nothing better in the world than love.
By the way, today is my birthday, so please forgive me if I’m all mushy in love! :o)