Last summer I started dating someone. At the time I wasn’t really looking to be in a relationship. Some friends and I decided to go out on a group date, so I asked out a girl with the anticipation of having a really fun time on that one date.
That night was a blast, so much so that I asked her out again. And again. And now, just a few short months later, I’m in love and can’t imagine life without her. It has been really cool to hit it off so well with someone in an unexpected way, and have a relationship develop naturally through that progression.
I like everything about her, but she has two salient qualities that are very attractive to me. First, she is gracious. Not just with me, but with everyone. She assumes the best of people, and treats everyone with respect. Even when they don’t agree with her, and even when they aren’t around to hear the conversation. Second, she’s up front with everyone, about everything, all the time. Even when it doesn’t matter. She’s always honest.
Apart from her character traits, she’s really fun. She loves hiking and running and cycling and swimming and camping and everything else, too. She enjoys playing card games and board games. Plus, she has the coolest laugh. And she’s smart. Really smart. She knows all kinds of details about the coolest things, and can have an intelligent conversation about complex technical stuff. And she’s humble.
But that isn’t why I love her. I love her because she is fully invested in this relationship. She has continually shown she wants to share her life with me. And I want to share my life with her, too.