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In high school, my friends used to gather around me after drama club rehearsals because I seemed to have a romantic story for every occasion. In all honesty, my high school romances were limited at best, but I had cool encounter stories. I had cool “how we met” stories about boys from other towns. I had big dreams. I had ideas about what relationships could be like. I never expected anything differently than that I would have a grand and sweeping and cinematic love story of my own.
I was 23 and only a few months into a new inside sales job. I was comfortable, in a somewhat dead-end relationship, and on somewhat dead-end accounts at work. It all changed one day, when a sales rep in another department was suddenly let go, and I was offered (forced into) his old position. I had a new office, new partner, new hours, and new California accounts.
He worked for a film company I LARGELY admire and I loved working with him, but knew nothing about him at all! I used to try to picture him. After a great working relationship, I was taken off of California accounts, so I could focus on Houston-based clients. That’s the day everything changed. Cassidy and I became friends. He sent me photos, and I sent him photos.
We fell in love through emails, and eventually, phone calls. It was wild and magical. I’d always hear amazing songs on the radio when I thought of him, and I couldn’t believe the chemistry we seemed to have. We decided to meet on the east coast, so he flew into JFK Airport and into my heart. I stood there in a crowd of people, and suddenly saw him right in front of me.
It was summer and we did youthful and dreamy things. We drove to The Hamptons to kiss on a beach. We drove to Maine to see moose. I flew to California and we whale watched, with dolphins and a shark. Time, youth, and distance got the best of us and we had a sudden break-up in the fall. Soon after the break-up, I realized the error of it all and did one last grand gesture of love to get him back, to no avail. I was heartbroken, deeply, and it took me a long time to heal. A year passed with no word.
Eventually I tried again, to no avail again. I moved on and fell in love again. Two years passed since I had last seen his face. I had a new love and life was good.. or was it? Cassidy called me on my 26th birthday, shattering all of the walls I had thought I had built. He only called to apologize for breaking my heart, but the chemistry was so undeniable. My world turned upside down and eventually we knew we had to be together, for real this time. I moved to California, we got married in Vermont, we moved back east to Massachusetts, and we started a family and bought a house. Sounds like a happily ever after, right?
The end of the story is just the beginning. It’s not just about how you met and began your lives together. It’s also about how you keep your story alive. How do you keep the story going? How do you keep your love as not only surviving, but thriving?
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