Growing up, I often lived in my imagination. It was how I survived a rough childhood. I wasn’t introduced to fairy tales until I was about 6 years old when one of my aunts read me a book based on the Disney version of Cinderella but it wasn’t until I was 8 years old when I went to the movie theater for the first time to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The visual of what true love was, sent my imagination roaring and like every other little girl of the time, I began to develop a vision of what my true love would be, not knowing then that true love is a fairy tale but real love so much more important.
Through the years, my ideals of romance and love have changed. Being married for 10 years really opened my eyes and educated me on what it is that real love is and what I want. How I view romantic love is so much different from how I saw it as a little girl, idolizing Fairy Tale princesses and looking to them to learn about love. Even though marriage didn’t work out for me, I now know what I want in love and in a relationship. I want it to be real. I want it to be genuine. I am not interested in being swept up in the moment because the moment passes but what comes after, that is what really matters.
I also believe that friendship is the foundation for a great relationship. Not all friendships are meant to go past that stage but I do strongly believe that to have a successful relationship, a genuine and mutually respectful friendship needs to exist. This is what I mean by real love takes time because you have to know someone in order to love them and getting to know someone can be a truly rewarding aspect of any relationship.
How has your notion of true love, or real love, as I like to call it, changed over the years?
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