I think sometimes we over think this love thing, hell, I mean I know I have. I always thought of love being this perfect little fairytale out of a book. You know, where the Prince Charming somehow becomes your savior or hero in action.
Boy was mine a long shot from a perfect knight in shining armor even though he exhibited the qualities of one. I think we disappoint ourselves when we have a checklist in mind for every person. Indeed he was complex, but for me, easy to understand. He was sweet yet yet rough at times. I always wondered how the outcome would be given that I’ve received so many mixed signals at first but our attraction was undeniable. We were told constantly that we should date and it never occurred to me that we actually should until we did. It tickled my curiosity to find out what it would be like especially since he was so quiet and the mystery intrigued me. Not only did he make me curious but I enjoyed his company genuinely so I figured it can’t be bad, right?
Well, within those months I was at a time that I call the time period of finding myself. I was still super new to the real world. I haven’t been given much common sense to take with me so most of the time I was oblivious to my own ignorance and nevertheless I did it my way anyway.
I had let myself be free and also let him be in his world. It was freedom and youth at its highest. I mean, I was enjoying myself and living and so was he. I had been experiencing a type of freedom I never had before which was as a result of moving out of my parents’ house and finding out my previous relationship wasn’t going anywhere. It was just a myriad of ropes that snapped and allowed me to find myself.
Yet, the man I chose ended up being the type of man who I could talk to and confide in. Sometimes even when he he was rough, he still managed to feel like home. He was sweet even though I could tell he was fighting with old habits. Don’t we all have those we fight against?
Of course, I managed to get caught in certain crossfires if that but needless to say, I survived. I feel like sometimes people can misjudge if they’re not in the situation or know what’s really going on behind closed doors but I always feel that we all have flaws and are worthy of forgiveness, especially if we carry good hearts.
I’ve found that all the complications and choices led to my being blessed to have a good man. I always felt fear of not knowing what the future held since I’m sure like others have had interesting experiences in their love life.
Given I had very little experience in relationships, I’ve managed to push through a lot of bull. Learning recent news of a few people I almost made it out with, made me feel grateful that I had who I have. I feel like anyone who knows me knows I had been through a lot on my own.
This relationship also after all, allowed me to be vulnerable.
I was always down to experience a new person but not down to immediately move into the idea of forever after. I was having fun, I was young but each time he would express an idea of a deeper meaningful relationship by being a gentleman, it always turned me out. I was with a man.
He changed the non-marriage type notion in me. What’s more, is his respect for people in general. I’m sure as most men do, have their moments of whatever men think about or do of course but for the most part, I got lucky to say that I’ve found love where I didn’t expect to find it at all.
Above all, like I told a friend earlier this week, some questions just have no answers and we don’t need to know all of the answers.
We just need to love hard and cherish each moment that we are alive, whether we are in a relationship or not.
I’m thankful I had experienced other people and relationships before I got to say yes to the one I wanted to marry anyway and don’t feel that “what if” feeling, even if I wished at some moments I could’ve done certain things differently. This simply reminds me that that’s the beauty of life.
I just remember one person I never had an exit conversation with and he just spread so many rumors that I felt like I didn’t deserve. I didn’t even know it was going on until months later. I find that a boy who goes out of his way to bad mouth a woman is really what he is, a boy.
Per usual, we take the test before we learn the lesson. I learned how to forgive without receiving an apology.
Not saying follow my example but if you’re still in that zone of finding yourself, let yourself be free and enjoy the moments that come. Someday you’ll look back and be happy that tons of people contributed to the quality of your life and don’t focus on the negative. Both positive and negative things happen but which side you pay attention to more will determine how you view things.
Always live with love, peace, and happiness.