I’ve actually heard from many older couples that their wedding anniversary is just another day. I really hope to never get that way. I don’t understand how something that is hard to work for, because all marriages aren’t easy, and something that created life, a beautiful story, and countless adventures could not be celebrated. Although, I also am the type who gives a joyous ‘horray!’ on the anniversary that we got together because I also don’t understand why anyone would just sweep away the three years or so that they had been together before marriage. Maybe it is because I owe a lot to my husband. Maybe it is because he has helped bring me further in life and helped me be happier in life than I ever thought I would be. Maybe it is because I am also celebrating the beginning of my journey of learning to find myself and love myself. Who knows. But as many times as we have been down and have picked each other up, as many times as we have held each other in each others arms as one or both of us cried our hearts out, as many times as we have encouraged each other and pushed each other to be the best we can be. It is a true and amazing partnership. The best partnership that life could grant you. Swearing to stand together against all, love each other no matter what, and help each other feel loved and wanted are not easy things to do all the time, no matter how in love you are. It is two unique souls who want to be together, but at the same time sometimes want to stand alone and find themselves. It is an agreement to do what is best for each other and best for oneself, while having to sometimes chose one or the other when the thing that is for the best for one person isn’t the best for the other. It is trying to get inside each others head and understand where the other is coming from, while pushing your own emotions aside for longer than you may want. Making it through another year of keeping each other up and moving and not giving up is an amazing reason to celebrate. Making it through another year where you have both figured out how to make your love blossom even more is an amazing reason to give a big hooray! Making it through another year of putting aside what you both may have wanted countless times to make the other person happy when they needed it is an amazing reason to distinguish your one day out of the year from any others because that is the one day that your journey and new book started, where you both weren’t alone anymore, but together, promised to each other in front of God and in front of all.