Love is a word that should not be used lightly. It’s a deep connection that can make or break a person, bringing someone true happiness, or immense despair. Love truly is a beautiful curse. In my case, dating the editor-in-chief can be both joyous and stressful. Crystal has had to obtain the ability to easily make the switch from the strict, working attitude that her position requires, to the kind-hearted, embarrassingly goofy girl I’ve come to fall in love with. There can be some nights where she’s stressing about a big issue, unsure of how to handle the dilemma. Then there are other nights consisting of bad puns, small adorable deeds, and terrible pranks.
I’ve come to learn how to make a switch as well, from emotional supporter, to wacky best friend. This relationship isn’t one-sided as it may seem. As an involved student in the Music Education program, I’m constantly buried in commitments, whether it’s rehearsals on Sunday nights or big performances. There’s the stress of knowing my music, memorizing fundamentals, and other various responsibilities. However, even with her immense list of responsibilities, Crystal finds the time and energy to give me emotional support: a key aspect in any relationship. She somehow makes me laugh at the worst of times, reminding me that with a little hard work, the dark clouds will pass, and the sun will come out. After all, you “can’t have a rainbow without a little rain.”
Perhaps our relationship isn’t that different from that of the “average” couple; we like to go out, watch movies, and take walks together. Actually—we don’t do that at all, really. In reality, we buy a massive bag of Flamin’ Hot Funyuns and pig out while binge watching “Breaking Bad,” visit the Rec and chase each other around the track, and fight to see who can give the other the biggest gift. We are far from the “average” couple. As somewhat “perfect” as this relationship may seem, we do have our fights, our quirks, and our contradicting beliefs. We can be mad at each other for hours on end, but for every fight, we make our way back to square one and move past the issue together. Yes, fights may suck, but it is the only way to iron out a relationship, in my opinion at least. Our relationship is special, just like each and every other relationship. Some of these topics may seem cute to some people, or horrid to others, but this is what makes our relationship unique.
If you have a significant other, show them that you care, whether by dropping off Starbucks at their next class, or giving them a random, warm embrace. If you do not have a significant other, then appreciate your friends, your homies, your amigos: the people that matter most to you.
I love my Crusty Crystal (did I mention the disgustingly cheesy nicknames we have?), and I hope everyone has a happy Valentine’s/Singles Awareness Day.