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Our All-Nighter (A Reflection)

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My Lion and I pulled an all-nighter and I’m paying for it as I type! :(

I won’t get into all the details of our sleepless night, but most of it was spent simply talking (and listening) to each other. Here we are…over a year of dating/building a relationship and we’re still shedding layers of ourselves and sharing them with each other. He’s shown me the importance of taking your time…because had we moved at the pace that I wanted us to move as and when we first met, we probably wouldn’t be in each other’s lives right now. 

I would’ve gotten annoyed with some of his habits and he would have been annoyed with a couple of mine. Baggage from our previous relationships would have easily driven us away from each other for good. His responsibilities as a father would have tested my patience. My desire to take the non-traditional career path of entrepreneurship would have made him feel like he couldn’t fit into my life.

Taking our time has given us an understanding of annoying habits that we have. For instance, he is cheap as hell. At first I was like, “Really? Is an extra dollar or two really going to make that much of a difference?” But now, I laugh at him when he complains about inflation at the self-checkout. (I can hear him now lol)

I understand some of the decisions he’s made and things he’s having a hard time letting go of (no matter how much it gets on my nerves) because I’ve been where he is and where he has been and I totally get how some baggage takes longer to deal with. I don’t judge him for that nor do I shut down…time has helped me have compassion and empathy for him and has allowed us to tough it out.

And most importantly, taking our time has helped us develop a friendship that runs so deep that we can lay next to each other in bed for hours talking about everything from our dreams and ambitions to the face that Tiger Woods made when his ex-wife won her $110 Million divorce settlement. (Ouch!) I’ve never laughed so much in my life!

I don’t think I could ever stop falling in love with him. Every day and every time we’re together, I find something new to love.

His beautiful brown eyes and long eyelashes…

The way his thick, curly hair feels when I’m rubbing my fingers through it…

His smile…

The way he plays and talks with his children…

How hard and tirelessly he works to have a better life and to take care of his family…

His laugh when he really finds something funny (not the fake one lol)…

How tight he holds me and curls up with me when he falls asleep…

The forehead kisses before he leaves for work…

How he tells me I’m beautiful every single day…

His dreams and ambitions to build wealth…

How much of a mush-pop he is but hates to admit it…

His approach to the tough times in life…

How he brings me so much happiness and energy and the list goes on and on and on!

What we have is nowhere near perfect and it doesn’t have to be. We have disagreements and differences of opinion about things but it adds to the experience. In him I have everything I need from a companion and more.

Now if I could just get him to stop embarrassing me when he sees the prices of things in stores or wherever we are, we’ll be alright! :)

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