They say that there is a huge difference between loving someone and being in love with someone.
That being in love is something temporary but that loving someone is more serious and that it lasts longer.
You are usually in love with someone when you can’t have them or when you are starting a new relationship.
And after this feeling goes away, you start loving this person or you become completely indifferent toward them.
As long as you are in love with that person, they give you a feeling of excitement, a feeling like you are on top of the world.
You can’t keep your hands off them and you want to spend every minute of your free time with them.
When you are in love with a person, you feel like you are about to fly every time you see them or hear their voice.
When you are in love with someone, you probably have trouble sleeping and eating properly. Everything in your life revolves around this person and you look at them through rose-tinted glasses.
When you are in love with someone, they give you butterflies.
And with time, once you’ve spent years with the same guy and when you are in a long-term relationship, these butterflies usually fade away and disappear.
The feeling of being in love becomes something else and if some emotions stay alive between you and your partner even after those butterflies go away, you can say you love them.
You hear stories about how partners lose passion, intimacy and attraction. You hear people telling you that they start perceiving their spouse as a sibling.
You hear people telling you how their relationship or marriage has become a habit and how all emotions toward their better half are long gone.
But we are nowhere near this. You and I have been together for ages but somehow, I’ve managed to stay in love with you all this time.
At first, as the years were passing by, I expected for this feeling to go away.
I expected that with time, I’d get bored of you. I expected that I’d wake up one morning and that I wouldn’t be able to stand the look on your face.
But luckily for me, this never happened.
Instead, everything I’ve always felt for you intensified with each day I’ve spent by your side.
There hasn’t passed a day in which we haven’t kisses and in which we didn’t fall asleep in each other’s arms.
Even now, after all these years, I’m still thrilled when I see your face on our doorstep, waiting for me to come home.
Even now, after all these years, seeing your name on my phone display puts a smile on my face.
Even now, after all these years, I feel butterflies whenever I’m around you. And that must mean that I’m still crazy about you and that I’m still in love with you.
But I also know I love you. Actually, that is one of the rare things I’m positive about in my life.
I know it because I could never imagine myself being with someone else. Because you are the only man I could spend my life with.
I know it because you are a blend of a bad boy and a nice guy.
Because you make me calm, despite these butterflies that still exist inside me. Because you are my safe haven despite this excitement you provoke inside me.
I know it because you are my storm and my calmest harbor at the same time.
So I guess it’s possible. It’s possible to stay in love with your partner after so much time. And we are living proof of that.
And this is something I want to thank you for—for showing me what love is and for showing me how a woman should be treated.
I want to thank you for loving me for all these years and for being the man who can easily be loved.
I want to thank you for always reminding me that I deserve to be loved and appreciated. For always reminding me why I fell in love with you and why I chose you to be my forever person.
I want to thank you for always reminding me what butterflies feel like. Because no other man could ever do it the way you have.
A teacher. A dreamer. A writer. A woman who’s been through all of the things you are going through. A woman who’s learned on her mistakes and whose advice you can trust. A woman who is trying to find her place under the stars. A woman just like you.