Love is such a beautiful, necessary exhilarating thing. But it's hard. Real hard. Yet, there is no doubt that it's incredibly worth all of the effort, and oftentimes I have to keep in mind that God is love, which reminds me of how insanely complex it must be if it is also a representation of Him. Besides, John Legend said it best, "we were made to love!"
I find myself on an emotional roller coaster quite often due to the complexity of life in relation to love, and there are a few things I am certain of:
- My grandmother was right. You don't really know yourself until you're in your thirties so don't rush things until then. (paraphrased).
- Face the tough issues head-on, especially those from the past, so that they do not linger and affect your future.
- A father has a powerful impact (be it good or bad) on the way a woman loves and wants to be loved, and the lack of one creates scars that can last a lifetime.
- If you don't know how to love yourself (even with your perfect imperfections), wholeheartedly and unconditionally, then you'll have a hard time knowing what real love is and accepting that love as honest and true.
This Valentines day started several days ago for me with 12 days of Valentines Day so I've received 12 gifts, 11 gifts, 10 gifts, and so on everyday since Super Bowl Sunday leading up to this day and I have yet to see what is in store on today!
With that said, in spite of me and my struggles with love, Mario is an incredible man whom I do not credit enough, and I thank him sincerely just for loving and putting up with me :)! We've gone through so, so much together over the course of our eight year courtship and no matter where life may take us there is no doubt in my mind that he is and always will be one of my very best friends, whom I will love for the rest of my days.
Happy Valentine's Day