31 Days of Lessons Learned: Day Twenty Eight
I Was Lost in Love Until I Found Rachel
While I was out grocery shopping this afternoon, I received a notification on my phone that I was tagged in a picture on Facebook. Curious, I opened it up and took a gander.
This is a picture of us getting ready for my Senior Prom (class of ’98 represent). I did a lot of moving around in my middle school and early high school years, so I actually skipped my Senior Prom and went to the prom for Rachel’s school instead. I knew her friends better than most of the folks at the school I was going to, so it just made sense for me to make that decision.
Fast-forward to 2012 and we’ve been going strong for 15 years (5 of those years married). Sure, we’ve gotten angry with each other, disagreed with each other, and argued with each other in those 15 years…but the one fact remains, we’re in love. No matter what, we make a great team.
Before meeting Rachel, I was pretty clueless with relationships. I was either stuck in the friend zone and being taken advantage of, or making the wrong decisions. All of that changed when I met Rachel though. We were kindred spirits ready to take on the world.
We’ve grown a lot in these past 15 years, and even on the tough days, I owe so much of the man I’ve become to my lovely wife.
Seeing this picture again today also taught me something else as well.
I need to make sure, even on bad days, that I always look into my wife’s eyes like I am in that picture where we’re helping each other get ready for Prom. I forget from time to time that she’s one of my biggest supporters and cheerleaders. Even in that picture, with my hair covered in this nasty concoction of my mom’s hair products, you can see my wife is clearly my soul mate.
Even though I know that already, it’s nice to see a nice reminder of where it all began. I’ve talked about Rachel a lot in my 31 Day Blog Challenge, but I haven’t actually posted anything about the lessons I’ve learned from her (a fact she jokingly has been reminding me about). The truth is, I haven’t stopped learning from Rachel. It all started with chatting and phone calls. Then progressed into a bit of smart-assery on my part at the restaurant she worked as a bus girl at the time. She didn’t put up with my shit and even upped the ante, and she’s never changed. That’s just one of the reasons I love her.