It is easy to confuse lust or infatuation with love, but you... you taught me the true meaning of love.
After having my heart broken, I was hopeless. I thought that all guys were the same and came to the realization that the "fairy tale ending" that every girl dreams of would never happen for me.
I was broken, filled with insecurities and ready to give up on love.
And then I met you.
Your beautiful smile and great looks blew me away from the second I laid eyes on you.
Your breath taking charm was captivating, I thought to myself oh here we go again. Don't fall for it.
I had so many walls up, I just knew it was only a matter of time before you would leave... they always leave.
Yet there you were.. so patient, so persistent, so genuine. I was terrified.
You have always tried your best to remind me that I am beautiful, to remind me that I am perfect in all of my imperfections.
The way that you hold me somehow began to silence my demons, the way that I had unsuccessfully tried to do for so long on my own.
On those days where I was ready to just give up on everything, you pushed me to keep going. Your reassurance was enough for me.
You are thoughtful and caring and the kind of man that could have any girl he wants.
Yet, you chose me. I am the luckiest girl in the world.
You have taught me that even I, a girl who has been through hell and back, whose self-esteem has been completely shattered, is worthy of love.
I can be valued and treated with respect. I can be showered with affection and support, and it can actually be real.
I can let down my walls, because this time, someone will actually be there to nurse all of the wounds behind it back to health.
You taught me that everything that I hate about myself can be appreciated by someone else. That my "flaws" were actually not really flaws at all, yet they are what make me unique.
You know that I am sensitive, and because of that, you try your best to be gentle with me, to take my feelings into consideration with each word that you speak.
Really, I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for loving me just enough until I was able to love myself again, and then some.
Thank you for taking the time, your precious time, to show me that it is possible for someone to care enough about me to never give up, no matter how far I try to push them away.
Thank you for helping me to see that just when you think that this world is nothing but a dark place, love can show up and help to light the way.
Falling in love with you helped me to see the beauty, not only in myself, but in everything else.
I began to notice things that I never have before, like just how beautiful the leaves on autumn trees are, or just how amazing the mixture of pinks, oranges, and blues are in the summer sunset.
You are a beautiful soul that I will forever cherish for the rest of my days.
I love you.