Interdependent Love: Savouring the Little Things

After nearly 5 years of marriage, I still feel the butterflies in my stomach, laugh like a kid at all his impersonations and (sometimes lame) jokes and enjoy his presence at my side as we adventure through life's ups and downs together.  One of the reasons why I think our love remains fresh, deep and unconditional is because of our life circumstances. Throughout our entire relationship at various intervals we have had to be apart from one another whether for school or work.  Most of the time, its been because I had an incredibly unique opportunity to live abroad, to learn a new language or simply to be engrossed in a new culture (China and Egypt as examples!).  And Ali has always supported me 100% in pursuing my curiosity and making dreams into reality.

 

Being apart is not necessarily a bad thing.  It is hard. And heart-grueling.  That's true.  But it has helped us develop a sort of interdependence.  An ability to shape our individuality - our values, personalities, tastes, whims.  It has allowed us to reflect more genuinely on who we are as people on an individual level and what we want to bring into our relationship whether near or far.  We savour the little things - sleeping in, going on walks, having desert, road trips, beach days - the moments when we get to truly enjoy our time together.  We’ll be away from one another for a short while over the summer while Ali pursues his own set of adventures in Doha, Qatar.  And while it won’t be an easy task, I know deep down that I will be even more appreciative of every second I get in the presence of loved ones who inspire and support my own crazy ideas.  

Counting down the days until we are reunited once again... 

 Photo by Tracy from Grace and Gold Studios.

Photo by Tracy from Grace and Gold Studios.