Today is a big milestone in my relationship with Clare – fourteen years together.
I’m not sure if there’s something mystical about multiples of seven but for some reason I really feel this anniversary. Maybe it’s because there’s enough space at this moment in my life to catch my breath and contemplate. Maybe it’s because multiples of five and ten are too busy with planning and celebration. Or maybe the universe is letting me know to stop and remember this one in particular.
Fourteen years is a long time for any relationship. I’ve never spent this amount of time with someone and never so intimately. In fact, I would go as far as saying that this relationship is my life!
It’s the place where I’ve grown up and shaped who I am.
It’s got me through some of the toughest and most painful passages of time that I will have to endure.
It’s also gifted me with the happiest and most joyous moments I will ever experience.
It’s taken me to the ends of the earth and back.
It breathes life into my lungs and sparks my mind with the desire to know and seek and feel.
It gives me comfort and shelter from the world around.
It lets me recharge and gives me power to get up and face the day.
And while it seems to have a life of its own – it is just the shared experience with one person – my love, Clare.