Four years. Foooour. Years.
That’s how long my beloved girlfriend Mali and I have been together now.
Who would have thought from two horrendous little tournaments over on DA would lead to a lifelong relationship? Sure as hell not me. It was rough beginnings, that’s for sure. We’ve had our fair share of problems; anyone who’s known us in the last few years can tell you that. We get mistaken for brother and sister more times than we’d care to admit, and the arguments we have more often than not are about things that would (and do) make outside parties literally facepalm. For all our faults, we’ve got one thing that a heck of a lot of other couples don’t have, and that’s true love. Now don’t roll your eyes at that statement, it’s true. A lot of people start dating and they just sort’ve ride along with eachother because it’s fun for a while. They share their “I love you baby” and “We’ll be together forevers” all the time, but at the core of it they’re really just playing the dating game. Those’re the things you’re SUPPOSED to say to your guy or gal, right? Well, when we say it, we mean it, and against all odds, despite doubts from friends, family and people we don’t even KNOW, we’ve proven it time and time again. No matter how much we fight, we always patch things up in the end, and we grow from it. We learn from eachother. We discover how to handle eachother, how to read eachother, and how to know what matters and what doesn’t. We’ve been through enough troubles to, at this point, know eachother well enough to stop a potential fight before it even happens, and instead laugh at it. Not many people can do that, and few couples survive to that point. In four short years we’ve accomplished a lot, especially at our age, and no one can sure as hell tell us any different.
Together, we’ve had good times and bad, lost friends and gained new ones, and forged a loving bond that some people /dream/ of. She completes me, and I like to think I complete her. We’re eachother’s medicine, we cure one another of any ailment, and no matter how much of that medicine we take it’ll never be too much; no such thing as an overdose HERE kids. In the past year, we’ve hit a kind of groove that is just….I suppose stability is the best word. Just….we’re just good. Hell we’re /great/. Neither one of us can even recall the last time we had a simple argument. We’ve had nothing but good times in the last full year, and we’re damn sure that we’ve developed with one another in a way that we’re going to keep it that way. By this time next year she’ll be out of college, and come hell or high water I’ll have found a job good enough to support the two of us as we move in together (sure as hell better than Walmart). We-…ooof, I’m droning on here.
tl;dr: LOVE LOVE LOVE STARTED ROCKY BUT NOW WE’RE GOLD, WE’LL BE TOGETHER UNTIL WE’RE OLD
To all our friends that’ve stuck beside us through thick and thin, we love you guys. You really, truly have no idea how much you’re constant support and meant to us, and how much you mean to us still. You guys have and always WILL hold a special place in our hearts. The friends we’ve lost, we’ll always love you too. Friends forge a bond when they get the title ‘friends’, and even if things got jumbled and those people grew apart, they still have the wonderful memories of the times they shared, and we’re no different. You’re ALL in our hearts, and you’ve all helped us become the individuals and couple we are now.
And Mali, sweety?
I’m gonna tell you a secret here and now.
I love you <3 Here’s to the years to come