Open Letter To The Love I Haven't Met Yet

Open Letter To The Love I Haven't Met Yet

My unknown dearest, please treat me with care.
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Dear Love,

I'm not used to this kind of thing, so please go slow with me. I have yet to experience love, or anything similar to it, and all I ask is you show me at my own pace. I will not surrender my well-being for you, because I have to be my own person, too. I'm not saying that I will not give you my all, because finding someone hasn't been easy. I've searched for you for a long time, even though the people around me told me that I should stop, and you will come to me on your own.

The truth is, I couldn't do that. I'm very persistent and know what I want when I see it. I'm not sure how I will meet you, where I'll meet you, or when, but just know that as soon as we meet, I will immediately be able to tell what it is. I hope you can recognize these feelings too, maybe not right away, but eventually. Although I'll know right away, I will still be just as confused as you will, because I won't know how to handle the way I feel.

With that being said, just keep in mind that I will always be there for you, anytime you need me. I will care for and love you no matter what and will be devoted to you in every way imaginable. I'm a romantic, so cute dates and watching the sunset together are what I prefer, but I also don't mind spending the entire Saturday flipping between football games while we snuggle on the couch (sometimes this means more to me than you realize).

When you meet my family, shake my father's hand with respect, because he is my world. If my daddy doesn't like you, odds are things won't last very long. Don't let this intimate you, because I chose you with this in mind. I cherish family, and love to spend as much time with them as I can, and I hope you feel the same about yours as well.

Heartbreak, something that goes hand in hand with being in love, is also something I haven't experienced (in this sense, anyway). So when it inevitably happens, be prepared that I will break down. I won't let you see me that way, but when I'm alone it will overcome me. I'm not sure how long it will affect me, depends on how badly I have been hurt, but once I do get past the hurt, I will rise taller than before, and will only thank you for making me stronger.

Love,

me

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To The Boy Who Made Me Love Again

Thank you for loving me and showing me how to love myself.

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To the boy who made me love again:

From the very beginning of our relationship, you showed me you were different. You showed me how I should be treated.

After dating someone for three years, falling in love was the last thing I wanted to do again. I did not want to grow close to anyone and fall in love with every little aspect of someone, but with you, it was so much different. You were different from other guys I had talked to. You have done small things for me that make me so happy. From offering to order me pizzas while I'm working to ordering me a key chain that says "drive safe," it's the little things you've done to make me love you.

During my previous relationship, I had come to a custom of pulling out my card to pay for dates and thought it was okay to accept the fact that good morning text did not exist. Every morning since we started dating, you never forget to text me good morning. We almost fight over who is going to pay, because I can't expect you to pay for every date. You have shown me what to expect in a relationship.

You never fail to make me happy. Whenever I say I'm hungry, you get me Mexican. When I want to watch Netflix, you immediately put on The Office. I can mention one thing I want and you buy it because you know it will make me happy. You give me forehead kisses and it puts a smile on my face. Whenever I am upset, you won't get off the phone until you figure out what is wrong and make sure everything is okay.

You make me feel beautiful. I can come over in leggings and socks and Birkenstocks or I can come over in a nice shirt and booties, but either way, you tell me I'm beautiful. Whenever I just wake up and look a hot mess, you look me in my eyes and tell me I'm beautiful.

You always tell me to be careful whenever I'm driving and you make sure to tell me you love me every night before you go to bed. You remind me of things I know I'll forget and you literally read my mind. You motivate me with my schooling and tell me how proud you are of me when I make a good grade.

I never wanted to date again and I especially did not want to fall in love; however, you are everything I dreamed of wanting. I am so blessed to have met you and fallen in love with you. So to the boy who made me want to love again, I love you and thank you for everything.

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36 Hobbies To Take Up If You Want To Be The Next Best 20-Something Grandma

Pursuing something with needle and thread is a good start

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Need a new hobby? Want to emulate a grandmother? Here are some great ideas for fun things to do in your spare time to get you ready to be the best grandma in 40-50 years!

1. Knitting

2. Baking

This hobby will also come with many friends wanting to try your creations.

3. Crocheting

4. Sudoku 

You gotta keep the mind healthy.

5. Crosswords

6. Cooking

7. Thrifting

Goodwill is your go-to for fabulous finds that won't break the bank.

8. Join a book club

Whether or not you actually read the book, either way it's a good way to socialize.

9. Yard Sale-ing

Don't tell me you didn't go yard sale-ing with your grandma at least once in your childhood.

10. Napping

11. Brunching

Food and friends (and a mimosa)... what's not to love about this hobby?

12. Spades

13. Hearts

14. Gardening

Figure out if you have a green thumb earlier rather than later.

15. Sewing

Being able to fix (or even make) your own clothes seems like both a creative outlet and a practical skill.

16. Antiquing

17. Cross-Stitching

Make some wall decorations for your room!

18. Power-walking

Why normal walk when you could speed walk?

19. Reading at 64-font on your Kindle

20. Read the newspaper

There's just something peaceful and nostalgic about reading a physical newspaper...

21. Collecting

Coins, dolls, you name it.... someone probably collects it.

22. Quilting

23. Rummy

24. Giving wise advice to those younger than you

25. Get a magazine subscription

26. Write hand-written letters to friends

It's fun and there is something so meaningful about taking the time to write it out and mail it.

27. Bridge

28. Curate a bomb matching pajama collection

29. Scrapbooking

Take your memories and add a creative touch... you won't regret it.

30. Tai Chi

I'm not a regular grandma, I'm a cool grandma...

31. Flower-arranging

32. Photography

Capture the moments of the loved ones around you!

33. Plan girls' trips with friends

34. Volunteer

Find time to give back to causes that you are passionate about!

35. Watch game shows

36. Watch soap operas

All the plot points and characters may be cringy, but they are so addicting!

Consider some of these hobbies if you find yourself looking for something to fill your time. When grandma-hood comes around, you'll be ready for it. And if you already do a lot of these things, well then we might as well go ahead and affectionately call you a 20-something grandma!

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