I Wasn’t A Romantic Until I Found The Love Of My Life

I Wasn’t A Romantic Until I Found The Love Of My Life ©iStock/Geber86

I used to hate the idea of pet names and Nicholas Spark novel, but when I met my boyfriend, something magical happened — he transformed me from a miserable skeptic into a hopeless romantic.

  1. I’ve always hated happy couples. I’m the type of person who would gag at couples holding hands at the mall, but now that I understand them and have become one of them, I can’t get enough of that mushiness. I want my boyfriend to drown me in affection, even if it means looking like an idiot in public.
  2. I didn’t think it was realistic. I thought unexpected flowers and kisses in the rain were lies that movies sold. I didn’t know that romance like that actually existed until I started dating my boyfriend. He showed me a whole new world.
  3. I had no one to swoon over. I’ve met some pretty nice men in the past, but that’s all they were. They weren’t anything special. I didn’t turn into a romantic until I met someone who was worth feeling like a complete fool over.
  4. Relationships were never a priority for me. It’s not that I was against marriage or monogamy. I just never really thought about it. But now, I can’t stop myself from fantasizing about walking down the aisle and vowing to spend forever with the love of my life.
  5. I’m a whole new person. The sarcastic skeptic who didn’t believe in love is long gone. My boyfriend is slowly turning me into a better person–a hopeful one who loves with all of her heart.
  6. I didn’t want to get my hopes up. Why would I waste my time daydreaming about candlelit dinners when I was “forever alone?” I had no reason to get my hopes up, only to be let down. But now that I’m dating the love of my life, I know that my romantic plans are more than pipe dreams.
  7. I want to make lifelong memories. I never daydreamed about picnics on the beach and lying under the stars, but now it’s all I want to do. The cornier the date, the better. I want to create as many mushy memories as possible.
  8. I wasn’t used to romance. I’ve dated other men before, but I never pushed them to take me out on romantic dates or buy me elaborate gifts. But now, my boyfriend does those things without being asked. His romantic side has rubbed off on me.
  9. I had more important things on my mind. I’ve been too focused on my career to worry about something as silly as romance. But now that I’m in a relationship, I realize that there are enough hours in the day to get work done and then go on a romantic date. You don’t have to choose one over the other.
  10. I’ve never really believed in love. I’ve seen more nasty divorces than happy marriages. That’s why I’ve always assumed that love was just a pretty little lie. But now that I’m madly in love, I have a whole new appreciation for romance.
Holly Riordan is a writer from Long Island, New York who has authored several science fiction and horror books. A graduate of Stony Brook University, she has spent nearly a decade writing for publications including Thought Catalog, Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, and more. You can find her on Instagram @hollyrio and Twitter @hollyyrio.