Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours!
On this day of love, cards, and all things sweet- I thought I would give you a real & vulnerable look at mine and Michael’s relationship. Have you ever thought about your partner? I mean REALLY thought about them & why they two of you are together? Well for the past month, I have been.
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to join my best friend and her sweet family on a mini va-cay in Charleston. On the last day, I wanted to hear how each of her family members met their significant others. Who doesn’t love a good love story? This was my favorite conversation from the whole weekend. Often times when we have been with someone for years, we forget how magical our own love story is.
Our conversation lead to a word or phrase of how our partners make our lives better- through calmness, balance, and joy. This got me to thinking, what one word describes Michael’s role in my life? My answer…
He is my SANITY. Why sanity? Of all the more poetic words in the English language, why would I choose sanity? Let me go back to life before Michael to explain.
Michael and I met my first year away at college. I had just broken up with my high school boyfriend before moving, and I was out to “win” the breakup- which I totally did, I scored Michael! This desire to feel wanted, to prove that I could move on, and to find companionship led to a first semester of naive encounters with immature boys who were threatened by my goals, and the fact that I have a moral compass.
I’ll save the full how we met story for another day, but just know, Michael came into my life at the EXACT moment I needed him to. He put himself on the line VERY early on after we began talking. I thought, FINALLY! someone who isn’t afraid of commitment.
Like any other teenager, I struggled with loving myself. I was self conscience about my appearance, personality, and obsessed with how people saw me. Looking back, I probably wasn’t 100% comfortable with myself until my last year of college. And I would’ve never made it to that point if it weren’t for Michael. I learned who I was, became confident with myself, and found pure joy- not because of him, but because of how he uplifted me.
Sanity- “the quality or state of being sane; especially: soundness or health of mind”
~ Merriam- Webster