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Often times, the One for us is the one that helps us see where we’ve gone wrong, where we want to go, how we’re going to get there and the person we want to become. So in the best relationships, the healthy relationships, we evolve. We change. We grow. But what you are building with someone else cannot go anywhere if you are solely the one working to evolve. Love is a partnership, it is a two-way-street. It is recognizing that I’m not perfect, and I will never be, but for the person I love I have a reason to become that better person. Because when you allow yourself to truly love, you are facing your fears; you are no longer able to push aside the things you hate about yourself. It’s not just about you anymore. The truest loves are a journey, together. It is never just one person that needs to change a little bit. 

It’s a partnership. Love doesn’t come around every day but when it does you have to grab it and hold on, but you can’t truly do that unless you look inside yourself. Because if you don’t, you’ll lose them. And no matter how many times you say you love them, words get lost in the air.

Never let her take all the blame. Tell her you love her, for all her imperfections. Appreciate her recognizing her flaws and working to be better. Don’t let her take the full brunt of the flaws of your relationship without recognizing your own faults. Never be afraid to apologize. And never be selfish. 

Love without ceasing. Never give up on something you’ve been searching for your whole life. The best loves are work, from both ends. But the best loves are worth it, for both people.

  1. Kiss like you mean it.
  2. Remember their birthday, every year.
  3. Make them feel special, even on a monday night with a forecast of rain.
  4. Befriend their Mom, she will tell you stories that no one else can.
  5. Order each other food at restaurants, just to try something new.
  6. Shower together, you may learn to love your body, by seeing the desire and passion in your partners eyes.
  7. Leave notes when you go out for the day, it will make you feel safe.
  8. Watch the Breakfast Club, and pump up your fist in the end, even if it only happens once.
  9. Care for each other when sick, soup is the easiest thing to make.
  10. Make chocolate covered strawberries in summer simply because you can.
  11. Go fishing with their Dad, and listen to what he has to say, even if he may have trouble saying it.
  12. Give each other little presents, even if its just a rose on friday the 13th.
  13. Get angry, but forgive.
  14. Love, love with all you’ve got.

– 14 things to remember in a relationship (via february4teenth)

Growing up I always thought true love was red roses, dates on Saturday nights, little block box that held expensive things, and always knowing what to say. I thought true love was a kiss in the rain, deep explanations, and the perfect story. But now that I’m older I’ve realized it’s not like that at all.

See because true love for me is ugly snapchats, and peeing while you’re on the phone. True love is kissing at 6 AM despite the morning breath and singing at the top of your lungs. It’s saying all the wrong things, at all the wrong moments. It’s sarcasm and being honest even when it hurts. It’s late hours of the night when it’s been a long day and it’s no make up and bad hair. It’s tears from laughter, it’s tears from sadness and it’s nothing like any storybook you’ve ever read. It’s never running out of things to talk about, and it’s being comfortable in the silence of things. True love is watching The Titanic though you swore you never would. It’s getting mad over stupid things. It’s “you’re an idiot,” and “you’re a little shit” and knowing you’re so lucky to hear those every day. It’s spilling your feelings at 4 AM when you should be asleep. It’s that song you hear on the radio that always makes you smile. It’s the worst story you could imagine, but thank God it worked out anyways. True love is never losing the magic. True love is not leaving when things get hard.

I like my definition better anyways.

– Another Piece About You  (via thefourthandfrattiest)