I thought I had said this once before, but in the interest of full disclosure, I should probably make it clear again that this blog is going to be about more than just photography. It will also be about nesting, learning, living, and, well, loving. It’s one part documentation. One part journal. And one part musing. It will be honest. Sincere. Genuine. Just as I aim to be not only in my business but in my life.
With that established, let’s “be real real.”
G is my husband. And, this is what G says to me. Mostly, to encourage me to honest with myself. For example, this would be an appropriate response to similarly ridiculous phrases uttered by me such as:
“I don’t actually drink that much Diet Coke.”
“I think I could go a whole day without chocolate.”
G’s response would be “be real real.” And, while this has become a jestful phrase in our house, it’s deeper meaning is significant. It’s implication is clear: be honest with yourself. Don’t try to be something you’re not. Don’t try to convince yourself you will do things that you never will.
Over the past eight years, G has spent countless hours reminding me how wonderful I am even when I am convinced otherwise, encouraging me to think big even when I am discouraged to do so, and motivating me to persist in following my passions even when I think they are impossible. But, among all this, G keeps me grounded. Most importantly, he reminds me – perhaps more than I’d like but never more than is necessary – to “be real real.” And it is for this that describing our relationship is more than impossible if there were such a thing.
On this day two years ago, G and I vowed many things to one another. Mostly though, to never stop reminding, encouraging, and motivating one another. And today, on our two year anniversary, I can happily and confidently say that G has done that and so much more. G, thank you for the worlds of advice and inspiration you have given me in the last eight years. Thank you for being my comedian, my love, and ultimately – most importantly – my best friend.
To everyone else, while no marriage is effortless [and anyone who says theirs is is lying to you] let this be a reminder to you that finding the perfect complement to yourself requires not just someone who motivates and inspires you, but also the person who reminds you to be real real.
For it is this person that will allow you to truly find – and be – yourself.
To luck in love.