I took this picture a few weeks ago for my friend’s daughter. She is getting married next year and wanted images for her save-the-date invitations. I didn’t show a photo of their faces for privacy reasons.
Isn’t this what we all envision when we find that person we want to spend ‘forever’ with? That the path of life is one we walk, hand in hand, facing the unknown, but doing it together.
I think it is ironic that I am single (for now!), but I still love romance, the beauty of relationships, and the joy of families starting out.
Why is it so hard for some people to be happy for others? I used to assume that it was a misery loves company mindset.
The truth is, some people are damaged, afraid, distrustful, and tired of rejection. It isn’t always jealousy or resentment. Some people just feel unworthy and hopeless. They can’t imagine that someone would be happy with a partner, or if they are happy, it will fade soon.
It doesn’t have to be that way. It is an intentional decision to be grateful and hopeful.
I am grateful that I was previously married. Not because I miss my ex-husband, but because I grew from that situation. I learned what I valued, my priorities, and what goals I have.
I am dating someone now, and even though it is in an early stage, I am able to be mature, ask those difficult questions, and also have fun learning about his interests.
I have made a conscious decision to leave resentment behind. I have hope, warmth, and excitement. And he does too.
It may only be for a moment, or for a season in my life, but it is great to be open to love, and understanding.
I couldn’t have learned to interact with true intention if it weren’t for my previous relationships.
Maybe one day, I will be hiring a photographer to take a photo of me with a special someone, hand in hand, on a leaf-bedded path.
Then I will have a print made-
Signed, Forever Yours