How does it feel to be in a relationship where you're happier than you've ever been yet it seems like your parents aren't happy for you?
I'll tell you how it feels: it feels like a thousand tiny sharp-ended needles repeatedly jabbing at your heart over and over again, day by day.
You look around and see all these happy couples, and your parents light up at the sight of their relationship, but they never light up for yours. You could go on and on about your boyfriend, but you're forever holding back from doing so because every time you mention his name your parents (clearly) could care less.
Facebook doesn't define a person, and the number of likes or comments doesn't define a relationship. But never seeing that notification appear from your parents expressing happy vibes towards you and your other half kind of gets to you every now and then.
You're constantly reminded of how happy they are for someone else, simply through Facebook, in-person contact, or even hearing them talk about so and so's relationship.
There's so much you wish to express to your parents about your boyfriend -- what silly thing he did last week, the surprise he planned for you, the little things that remind you of him, how happy he makes you, blah blah blah -- but you know that as soon as the sound of his name comes out of your mouth you might as well be talking to your cat.
Growing up you think that when in a relationship everything will be hunky-dory between you, your parents, and your boyfriend, but the harsh reality of it is, it isn't always that simple.
You would give anything in the world for your parents to accept your boyfriend and be happy for you, even half as much as they seem to be for everyone else, but it may never be that way.
And if this happens, you've just got to remember that it's okay and strive to be the best you can be regardless of the hardships trying to drag you down.
Constant reminders remind you of where your relationship stands, or so it may seem, with your parents. And it hurts more than you should probably allow. But never receiving happy vibes from your parents regarding your relationship isn't necessarily something you can just up and look past.
Especially when those vibes you forever long for are always being sent in other directions.
Your relationship isn't defined by your parents acceptance of it -- it's defined by how you handle situations as a team. How you express love for each other, accept each other, support each other, and tackle life side by side.
And when you're feeling a little down and out about these missing happy vibes, remembering this can sometimes fog your mind. But never lose the flame that keeps you going.