While I don’t usually post on Saturdays, today happens to be a special one, marking 9 years that Nick and I have been together. I love celebrating our “together anniversary” since we were together for so long before we got married, I always feel like those years are important too and define who we became as a couple. I often find myself awed by how so much time could have passed, how much we’ve been through together and that we’ve been together almost a decade of my life. And in all those years, in all those moments, we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs, of time together and time apart geographically, of adventures and of daily life.
I’ve found myself thinking lately about how much love changes you, about how love itself changes as we get older. Love offers us a way into someone else’s soul, a person that we love more than all the other millions of people on the planet. And when you stop and think about it, when millions of people are out there and it only takes that one to complete us, that’s a pretty incredible thing. Over the years I’ve looked at love differently, depending on stages in my own life, depending on circumstances. And in each different chapter of these past 9 years, no matter my view on love, the thing that always remained was Nick, that person I fell in love with at 18, the partner that’s been by my side ever since.
No matter what your thoughts on love, relationships or marriage, I think we can all agree that love, true and genuine love, changes us. And as we grow, as we get older, love also creates in us something that only strengthens, makes us better and pushes us. And while not without challenges, loving someone else fully leaves a mark on us that will further define us in our lives. And so today after 9 years together, I’m so thankful for the love I share with my husband, the adventures we’ve had and the moments in our apartment doing nothing but going about our daily lives. I’m so thankful for finding him so early in my life, for the obstacles we’ve faced together already and were made stronger because of them. I’m so thankful to get to wake up everyday and go to sleep next to him, to know that no matter what my day brings, he is that one person in the world that knows me better than myself. Love makes you see the world differently, it pushes you to be a better version of yourself and helps us approach our lives differently.
And so today, even though we’re still en route to Europe probably while you’re reading this and due to flight delays had to reroute our trip (I explained more on Instagram and will have blog posts on this whole ordeal when we get home), there is no one I’d rather go through all the hassle with than that boy I feel in love with all those years ago. And while we wake up together on our anniversary today landing in Iceland en route to Copenhagen, I just want to say, Happy Anniversary my love, I wouldn’t want to share this adventure with anyone else!