Today is our two-year anniversary.
Does it feel like it’s been two years? No. It does not. It feels like it happened both yesterday, and a lifetime ago. Eric and I met seven and a half years ago. We started dating at the beginning of 2008. We were engaged two years after that, and married a year later. And that was two years ago. So much has happened between then and now, and yet I know we have a whole lifetime in front of us; there is something truly comforting in that knowledge.
One of my favorite posts about “what married people know” was written by California wedding photographer Jessica Claire. I’ve followed her for several years, and though she does not blog very often anymore, her beautiful pictures are most always littered with thoughtful prose. These are a few of my favorite declarations from her blog post, interspersed with a some of my favorite wedding photos from McGowan Images:
“Married people know that it’s just as important to remain separate, individual, amazing people while at the same time being everything to and for someone else.”
“Married people know that the path they walk on isn’t as straight and narrow as they used to think; but married people also know that bumps in the road eventually even out.”
“Married people know that living to honor each other is more than a promise; it is an act that they have to consciously do every day.”
“Married people look at each other with knowing glances after congratulating newly engaged couples – because they know that marriage is the most wonderful, most difficult journey that a couple can begin.”
“Married people know that as the months blend into years, keeping love fresh and alive is a daily job; It is a wonderful, rewarding job, but one that must be done every day without fail, and that’s hard.”
“Married people know that loving each other through the years is different than feeling in love when you first meet.”
“Engaged couples think they will always feel as in love as they do the day they get engaged. Married couples know that it gets so much better.”
“Married people work hard to make each other’s dreams come true; married people know that some dreams take longer to come true and do everything in their power to help them happen sooner.”
“Married people know that taking time alone with each other sometimes is more important than any party, get together, or social event.”
“When you’re single, married people seem like they know more than you. That’s because they do: they know that you can’t rush things, that finding that person you’re meant to be with happens in its own time: And when it does, it just works.”
“Married people don’t just talk about being there for each other during hard times; they have lived through those times and can say ‘Thank God we were there for each other.’”
“Married people aren’t on their best behavior like when they were dating; married people love each other fully, all the good and the bad and everything in between. They laugh at it all.”