For so long, I was terrified of turning the page. The idea of Chapter 2 made me feel like Chapter 1 was fading away, never to be reread again.
But that’s the thing about chapters in our lives… they’re permanent. They rely on one another for content. Chapter 2 wouldn’t exist without a Chapter 1, and the story is forever changed because of what happened in that beautiful section.
The last 2 months have given me the courage to turn the page, and I firmly believe that Luke has everything to do with it. I feel in my heart and soul that he has placed this man in my life to remind me what my purpose is here on this earth: to love.
When Luke and I first started dating, the two of us knew right away that this was a forever thing. We were destined to be together. I am fairly certain we had the marriage talk about 2 weeks in. He said “I love you,” less than a month into meeting. That old saying of “when you know, you know” rang extra true for us.
I like that this man feels so similar, yet so different at the same time. I like that this chapter doesn’t exactly resemble the first one. It makes me appreciate Luke and this man even more. The way they both treat me is equally wonderful and sweet, but different. There is no need for comparisons of better or worse, but a greater appreciation of what truly matters in any romantic relationship: unconditional love.
He helps me celebrate and honor Luke’s life while also finding and appreciating who I am without him here. He acknowledges the grief and pain that I face every single day, but he also pushes me to be stronger and bolder because of it. He encourages me to work hard and pursue my passions, and he notices when I have a challenge to overcome. His support is unlike anything I could’ve anticipated at this stage in my life.
I’m in awe, and I’m grateful beyond measure.
I am blessed that my Chapter 1 raised such a high bar of love and admiration. Luke set fire to my soul, and he still does to this day.
Chapter 2. I am so ready for you. Here we go.