My partner and I have been together for 16 years.
Sixteen years of love, laughter, squabbles, make-ups, life.
We both grew up in extremely rigid, controlling, religious households. We were not allowed to date or communicate before marriage. On this shaky platform, and blind faith in our gut feeling that we were, somehow, meant to be together, our relationship started.
During our time together we have navigated through much turbulence including losing our first daughter at two days old, adding three more beautiful, vibrant souls to our home, and leaving religion for the spiritual realm.
Through it all, our belief that we belong together has not changed. We have battled through many dark nights, voyaging the waters from codependency to personal sovereignty.
On our recent anniversary, we had a ceremony, dissolving our original vows and writing a new story. Vows and commitments fitting for the people we are now. Today.
We’ve come a long way from those starstruck teens, and we aren’t remotely the same people we were all those years ago.
So here’s to new beginnings and slates wiped clean. May we navigate these virgin waters with grace and empathy and all the love our hearts can hold.
This is a poem I wrote to my beloved in honor of this occasion. May it warm your heart and create a spark of possibility within.
I want love
I want laughter
I want connection
I want commitment
I want intimacy
I want adventure
I want to grow old exploring the wonder of this big, beautiful world with you
I want a love as vast as the oceans
As fresh as the breeze
As steadfast as the ground
As passionate as the fire
I want to be consumed by you
To fall into your arms, your heart, your body, as the world melts away and we ride galaxies and cosmos together
I’m done with half-truths, half-hearts, half anything
I want the whole, part and parcel
The good and the bad
The pretty and the ugly
I want to know you, the real, naked, raw, authentic you
And I want to be known by you
Life is too short, too precious, to spend mincing around on eggshells
Give me all of you
All of your beautiful, passionate self
Let me get lost in the wonder of what makes you, you
Let’s battle giants together
Ride a dragon’s back
Journey to the edge of infinity and beyond
Let’s see what magic happens when we throw caution to the wind and really start to love in every sense of the word
When we realize that the truest, greatest gift we can give each other is authenticity and vulnerability
When we finally dare to take the risk of being truly seen
Met by a love that spans oceans and galaxies
A love that melts years of pain and heartbreak
A love for the ages; the kind poets write about
True, heartfelt, abiding love
I promise to see you
To seek to understand you
To pursue you
And to cherish you
I love you
Let’s set the world ablaze with this love