8 Things That Surprised Me About Love, Once I Actually Found It 

I really just wanted to highlight #1 #3, #4, and #7. Growing up watching fairy tales and reading Nicholas Sparks, listening to musical soundtracks, I had this great vision of “love”. But I also knew real life is a little different. I’ve been wanting to write something on this matter but good ol’ Though Catalog kinda summed it up well. Being in love, I feel a comfort and a peace and trying to force anything into it lessens it. Being inexperienced in relationships, I felt it and responded to it before i was fully aware of where I was. I like it that way. Finally #7, relates back to number 1. In love, in this relationship, I am present, I have hopes and dreams of the future that I like to think about and talk about, but as to how it will really be I’m content in knowing God has that in control.

Thought Catalog

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There are many things I at one point convinced myself were love, and they usually weren’t the clichés, like co-dependency, or lust, or the idea of something over the reality of it. It was more often things that were a bit more abstract, and a lot more convincing: the person who fit the checklist perfectly, the person who gave me a general feeling of love met by an equal sense of uncertainty, friendship, need, rebound.

Finally finding the love I had for so long been seeking wasn’t a hormone-fueled implosion. It was a gentle awakening, a simple realization. It didn’t make me rash, it made me grounded. It didn’t make me want to plan forever, but be completely present. It was better than I ever could have fathomed, and yet nothing I’d ever expect. Here, all the things that surprised me about (real, live, easy, beautiful) love:

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