Today my partner and I celebrated our one year anniversary. Only, unlike other couples, we celebrated this day from two different states.
From the very beginning, we knew this was not going to be an easy relationship. We knew he was enlisting in the Navy, and it was just a matter of time before he would have to move interstate. We’d only been dating for a couple of months before we received the news. On the 12th of May, he began his training in Melbourne.
The beginning of our relationship was full of struggles. We both had baggage to deal with; mine was in the form of emotional issues, and his in the form of an ex girlfriend who was not ready to let go. While we were determined to overcome our problems, the distance made it so much harder for us to talk it through. To make things more difficult, I’d planned long ago to I spend the Australian winter travelling Europe. During this time we both had limited access to any form of communications, so in the first six months of our relationship we could go a week without being able to talk.
These were bittersweet times for us both. While we were out living our own adventures, we were still so insecure of our relationship and how we would fit into each others lives. At times I would break down; it was too hard and I wanted to give up. Thankfully I am dating the most loving and determined man on the earth, and he never indulged my lack of good sense. He told me things would become easier, and he was absolutely right. Everything fell into place once I was back in Australia and Josh had finished his training. He moved to a base in Sydney, making it easier for us to spend weekends and holidays together. The more time we spend together, the more our insecurities fade away.
While the first year of our relationship has been emotionally strenuous, I would not change it for the world. We have become so strong, so solid, and so sure of our relationship. We have found an appreciation of each other that not many couples can claim. We are lovers, wanderers, travellers and best friends. I have had more adventures in the past year than I ever have in my life, and I am so blessed to experience them with such a beautiful human. Of course it is still hard at times, not being able to fall asleep and wake up with the person you love. But the time I spend with Josh is undoubtedly worth the wait.
The Blue Mountains, NSW. April 2014
Wedding Time. November 2014.
Gorgeous Anniversary Roses. February 2015.