I’m taking a detour from travel today to write about the love of my life. Johnny reads the blog so I’m hoping he stops by today ;).
Five years ago, after I met Johnny for the first time, I went on Facebook and wrote on his wall:
I’m pretty sure I’m in love with you, let’s hang out! Pretty bold, right? Well, it worked. About a week later, we started dating.
When we first starting dating, I had no idea that we’d still be together now. At the time, I was 19 and a freshman in college. I was looking to have fun and to NOT sleep in my gross dorm with wet walls (ohhhh the humidity in Florida). Who would’ve known that Johnny would have turned out to be the my best friend and partner for life?
We’ve been through everything together. We survived through late college nights and 10 page papers. We managed through a long distance relationship while I was in London and he moved to LA. We laughed together after we tried to eat at an IHOP in Alabama and were refused service because we’re an interracial couple (true fucking story). After I moved to LA, we dealt with the struggles of working minimum wage jobs while trying to feed ourselves and pay rent. He still tells me I’m beautiful everyday even though I’ve gained a lot of weight. He’s held me when I’ve cried, he’s dealt with my depression outbursts. He’s the best road trip partner, even if I can’t stay awake longer than an hour. He’s helped me decide that I need to get out of this job rut and start saving for travel.
I love everything about Johnny. I love the birthmark on his face (I call him my calico ). I love his laugh, the way he forces me to go to the gym when I just want to punch him. I love the way he’s so passionate about life, his zest for learning, and how he tries to teach me MMA moves. I love the way he does laundry for me and tries to fold my clothes. I love the way I can tell him everything about me without judgement. I love that he actually listens to me. I love that he takes care of me, even before taking care of himself. He’s more than my boyfriend, Johnny is truly the best friend a girl could ever ask for. It’s such a wonderful feeling to know that despite everything going on in my life, I get to wake up everyday next to a man I love unconditionally and I know loves me too.
I love you Johnny. Here’s to another 5!