Ten years ago today, I went on the first date I had with the woman who would become my wife. We met online and communicated via messaging and email for a while. We actually learned we had a friend in common. That friend helped pave the way for trust, that led to meeting, that led to more meeting. All that meeting led to the shape of my life as it is today.
One email. Then another. And a life takes shape.
Of course, it’s impossible to know what event in life, save its very origin, brings us to the current moment. That said, there are pivotal moments. This day, one decade ago, was certainly one for me. And there have been so many moments since then. There have been ups and downs. There have been challenges…some of them minor, some life altering in themselves. And here we are.
I love my wife. I’ll speak for her and say that she loves me. We’ll be celebrating 6 years as a married couple in a handful of weeks. We consider ourselves deeply blessed to have found each other and to be able to build the life we have. I love anniversaries and, well, any opportunity to mark an occasion. What I’m noticing today is that there is really no way that I could mark this in the way I feel it deserves. Other than, that is, being fully present to my wife as we toast to the series of random events that led to our meeting in person on July 23, 2009.
To that, we’ll raise a glass.