Well, here is the last set of photos and probably my favorite of the bunch! I didn't get any pictures in my birthday dress on my 21st, so now I'm really excited and pleased to have these. Plus, a handsome counterpart surely doesn't hurt.
When I planned my trip to study abroad to Florence Italy two years ago, I didn't plan to be in a relationship when I went. I had just gotten out of a really horrible breakup that really left me jaded and angry about men in general. I wanted to do this trip for me-- an experience of a lifetime just on my own.
And then in the spring when Ryan and I were talking about getting together, me leaving for Italy was the biggest problem on my mind. It seemed so selfish to put someone through a relationship where I would be gone for four months of the entire year across seas. How was that fair to put another person through that, when they didn't have any say in it? And moreover, why would anyone want to willingly go through with that in mind? I had made this decision well before being with him in the thought that I could be as selfish as I wanted with my life because it was just me.
But even though we would be together only four months before it was time to spend that much time apart, he still wanted to be with me. It kind of shocked and confused me, and it still sort of does. He's never once made me feel like I shouln't still do this for me and be selfish and go on this dream journey of mine that I've wanted to do even before I went to Kent State. He's encouraged me to go after all these things I want and is excited for me. In the past, I've had people in my life who couldn't be excited for me because it didn't fully involve them, but Ry has been there for me saying "you can do this--you're going to have a blast," all along.
I couldn't ask for anyone better to miss while I'm gone.
With much love, Lauren.