- 8 years ago
- Wedding: January 2010
Friends and family raved about the event. “Classy, elegant, the perfect evening” were some of the most repeated words. One couple said “It was a royal wedding.” All compliments any bride would want to hear after the biggest day of her life.
I wore a smart, sophisticated gown in ivory with a 9 foot veil. Ivory flowers donned my bouquet. My bridesmaids wore variations in chocolate satin. Fall was the theme with orange and red accents throughout. Little did I know, “fall” would be the predominant theme in our marriage as well, because, fall we did.
It only took 7 months for me to realize what I had gotten myself into. It only took 7 months for me to see what my parents and friends saw 7 months before I got married, but were too kind and supportive to say otherwise. It was in those 7 months that I realized what love really was. It was in those 7 months I realized, I did not have the love of my life.
Time can change anything. It changed me. Or should I say, it made me realize who I really was.
I left behind the surname I coveted for so long, I left behind the most beautiful wedding I had ever witnessed, and I left behind a part of myself – all for the inevitable. I hadn’t a clue what was in store for me- who I would meet, where I would be living, or what my job would be. I took my new beginning and offered it up to God, I asked him to bless me with the true meaning of love.
Nearly three years later, I lay in a bed in a city I once lived, visiting. Visiting a family, in a home only 5 miles from the house I once called home. A family that is now my family thanks to my new beginning.
Little did I know, that while I was in a frenzied relationship with “Trey,” the true love of my life was a 10 minute drive away. We passed each other in the aisles of Whole Foods and Barnes and Noble, we went to the same gas station, and shared libations with our friends at the same bars. Little did I know, how important timing was in finding my true destiny.
I write to all of you today with love in my heart. Love that is so kind, humble, giving, and refreshingly optimistic that it brings tears to my eyes. For I am now in love with the most amazing man who has ever entered my life. A man who has a heart of gold and who has shown me the real meaning of true love.
It is nearing 2010 and it is the beginning of the rest of my life.