It hasn’t been a full decade yet, but the other day I was thinking about how wholly and wonderfully I have been transformed since I married Becky. The year before our wedding I was petty and weird and unmoored and way too old to be living life the way I was living it. My dreams were messy, my finances were abysmal, and my maturity was non-existent. And then in the space of just under a decade, this woman got me married, got me into steady, full-time employment, got be into being a homeowner, a father, and a fully contributing member of society.
With all of that real world growing up she encouraged me in, wouldn’t you know that my artistic dreams began flourishing as well. Since we’ve been together I’ve started receiving actual money for my writing including publishing short stories in award-winning anthologies, publishing essays about my random interests, and publishing two well-received novels. And because of Becky, all of that means so much more than if I was doing it by myself.
And you know the best part? We’ve barely even scratched the surface of what we’re capable of together. I can’t wait to see what the next 9 years and the 9 years after that bring for us. And we are an us. We are individuals, yes, with individual tastes and personalities and dreams, but we are only as successful as the other is.
So happy anniversary, baby (even though this isn’t the actual day we were legally married) and thanks for everything.