Being in a 6 year relationship at 21 years old

The topic of my relationship has come up in conversation with people many, many times. I don’t mind talking about it at all. I mean, we are public, we are loyal, and we’ve been dating for six years. A very common reaction to that number is…”HOLY SHIT”. Most of the time when someone reacts that way, it’s positive, but occasionally I get reactions where I can’t really tell if it’s positive or negative. Either way, it’s whatever.

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Being in a relationship for as long as I have, I think it’s a really special experience to have since not everyone gets to be apart of something like that.  To be quite honest, being single sounds horrible. I always have to listen to people complain about being “lonely” or stupid incidents they’ve dealt with through all of the ridiculous dating apps. (Everyone has the right to their opinion…I know and I’m not against the “single life” etc etc…okay)

Obviously everyone is different when it comes to these types of lifestyle choices, but my long term relationship is what has helped me grow into the person I am today. I probably would be kinda lost without it or just a completely different person.

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I have so much advice to give to people about relationships. I feel like I am now the friend who everyone goes to for advice, which is really funny. As my relationship grows, I learn so much. Just remember that not everyone’s relationship is the same. Do not compare your relationship with anyone else’s. Be mature with making decisions. Don’t keep your significant other from growing as a person, experiencing life, etc. You don’t want to be the person who kept them from living. Communicate constantly. That doesn’t mean texting, but if someone is upset or even if it’s just making plans, communicate and make sure you both are on the same page. Don’t look too far into the future, but don’t be afraid about talking/planning it with them. Laugh. Have fun. Don’t take everything super seriously. There is no timeline or deadlines in your relationship either. Go with the flow and at your own pace. You don’t have to wait a certain time to say “I love you” or even to get married. It’s your life. It’s your relationship.

Today, July 15 2017 is our six year anniversary. While you are reading this, we are probably sitting by the beach, drinking mango mojitos in Michigan. Since we are going on a trip with my family at the end of July, we weren’t sure about going on a trip two weeks before. But since it’s now becoming some type of tradition for us to go somewhere on our anniversary, we couldn’t resist. We decided to go back to South Haven, Michigan for a full weekend! I will probably post about that trip eventually.

Well that’s all I really have for today. I just wanted to write something sort of relevant! Look for the blog post about our South Haven trip.

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