I’ve been wanting to write a post like this for a long time now but I was always pretty apprehensive – what if people thought I was stupid and childish and incredibly naive? What if people laughed at me and thought I was unbelievably soppy and ridiculous and ‘mushy’?
And then I realised that I actually didn’t care what people think – something that I’m going to really try and work on next year. I don’t care if people have something negative to say because this post is aimed to be wholeheartedly sentimental, emotional and full of love; which is definitely something we could use more of in this world.
This post was also inspired by my mum and dad who have just recently renewed their wedding vows in Las Vegas and the love and adoration that they have for each other encouraged me to talk about my thoughts on love as a young woman.
I’ve been obsessed with the idea of love since I was very young; growing up surrounded by romance novels and romantic comedies will do that to a girl. I always dreamed of meeting someone who looked at me the way that Jack looked at Rose in Titanic. I was desperate for that all-consuming, ’till death do us part kind of love that was demonstrated by the lovers in The Notebook. I’ve always been a hopeless romantic and alongside my obsession with romance books and movies, I think my passion for love also stemmed from watching how much my mum and dad love each other.
They got married when I was just three years old and I can remember their wedding day SO clearly. I was a bridesmaid and I think that all the pretty dresses, the moving vows and the happy smiles really set me up for life; it made me realise that I would love to have that kind of love one day.
My mum is someone who constantly inspires me in whatever I do in life but her constant love and support is a quality that I really hope I’ve inherited. Her love for our family, and most importantly for my dad, is something that I want to remember and put into practice every single day.
I first met Matt when we were 14 years old and even though we were best friends for so many years, when we eventually fell for each other I knew that I was right where I needed to be.
Being in love at such a young age isn’t always easy, but my god is it incredibly rewarding. Since being with Matt, I’ve truly never experienced happiness like I do when I’m with him. We’ve lived together just over a year now and I can hands down say that it’s the absolute best thing I’ve ever done; we get to spend our lives together and waking up next to him every morning is truly the most amazing thing.
I feel like having the chance to be in love at such a young age is remarkable; it doesn’t matter what people say or think, all that matters is how the two of you feel for each and I truly believe “when you know, you know”. Matt brightens up my day every single day and I honestly couldn’t be without him; so thank you for making me smile every single day, baby.
I also want to say thank you to my mum and dad, who were the first people ever to show me what true love is really like.
*This post was sponsored by the aforementioned dating sites but all thoughts and opinions regarding love are completely my own.
What are your thoughts on love? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.