Today is Matt and my two year anniversary. It's crazy how fast it flew by. We sort of celebrate two anniversaries, our first date and the day we made things "official." Anyone else do that? So while Matt and I went to the same high school and actually grew up a few blocks from each other, we met on Tinder. Yes, I'm not ashamed of it! I think it's the way most people meet their significant others now a days and we should normalize it. I work crazy hours and meeting people at a bar when I get off work at 11pm was not ideal... I'll never forget reading this article in Vanity Fair about Tinder hook-up culture. For me it was never like that and I never met any of those kinds of guys on it (thank god). But I was often so surprised to hear horror stories from friends.
I think like anything -- meeting dates through Tinder, a bar or the grocery store aisle, it's all about taking risks. You never know who you're going to fall for. With Matt it was pretty instant and I was surprised how fast he convinced me to be his girlfriend. But two years and counting, things seem to be working out. I'll never forget just a month or so after our first date it was his birthday. His dad was throwing a surprise party for him and invited me to come. I hadn't met any of his friends and definitely not his family. I panicked when I saw the email from his dad, but I knew it would mean a lot to Matt that I be there. So I put aside those feelings of apprehension and went! I think that says a lot about making a relationship work, doing things that you might not initially love but you do it for your partner and taking that leap of faith past your comfort zone. Because stepping outside of that comfort zone is what's going to make things change.
I keep thinking back to what my trainer said at the gym last week. She said if you really want to change this year, why would you keep doing the same things you did last year and expect anything to be different. Now she was talking about upping my weights and adding some miles to the treadmill but it's crazy how many other parts of my life I've been applying it to. I think about that with Matt and our relationship. I had dated a lot of guys in the year before we met, most were really nice, but it just felt like we were going through the motions of dating. While it was scary to jump into that relationship with Matt just a month or so after meeting, I realize it was what made us really grow as a couple and turn it from just another Tinder date to a real relationship. So if you're thinking of taking that jump, whether putting yourself out there on Tinder or committing to the person your dating, I say go for it! What do you have to lose?
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