One of the coolest things about being with his man for so long, is my VIP pass into witnessing his growth and expansion. Don't get me wrong, he was so many shades of wonderful the day we met. When I saw his bookshelf alone I about drooled. But some of his greatest tests came after we had been together, and I've had the privilege of getting to be there with him through it all. And see what new layer exists beyond the last one. I know him so intimately, but I still feel like I get to know him everyday. I still get excited to hang out just me and him. I still miss him even when he travels, but in a way that only adds to my gratitude for the wholeness of our individuality that allows us to fully be where we are but still wonder what the other person would be thinking or feeling if the other was there too. We live in a culture and society that has done a lot to distort love. We're being fed instant validation in a way that is almost impossible to ignore. Being messy with each other feels more accepted? More normalized. I see so little positive representation of how beautiful, healthy, fruitful, expansive, and transcendent long time love can be. I felt too cool for this type of shit for so long and I realize now how built in ego that was. I was trying to protect a false idea of self. But almost 7 years in I feel more authentically myself than I ever have, and in that I get to continuously try to show up as the best partner I can be. I am grateful for his mirror even when it's difficult. Fear and choice have sat passenger seat in my life and sometimes they try to jack the drivers seat, but I've learned the real stuff is never truly threatened. What is real, what's strong, what can shift and grow when it needs to, that can't ever be taken away when you are truly in the shared frequency of Love. Our society is fixated on lust, and as much as lust feels rad, and is rad, what stays after it...that has been some of the best experiences of my life. ALL THIS TO SAY, Love is real. Love is here. It is always available to us. We can get caught up in the big and yet we also can get so caught up in the small. Falling in love is easy, staying in love is Art.