It's very fitting that my Starbucks cup today had a quote about commitment:
"The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating - in work, in play, in love. The act frees you from the tyranny of your internal critic, from the fear that likes to dress itself up and parade around as rational hesitation. To commit is to remove your head as the barrier to your life" - Anne Morriss (Starbucks customer from NYC).
After 10 years of "Missa and Rob" we are finally ready to publicly commit ourselves to one another, and I feel nothing but relief. Relief that I no longer have to doubt our future, no longer have to say "if" instead of "when", or try to prove the validity of our relationship in words to someone who doesn't understand what we've always known and felt. I have the ring--the symbol of our commitment to get married--and that's all the explanation I or anyone else needs.
What a relief to feel so liberated yet so connected.