Love is Epic by Courtney Allison Moulton
A lot of people say that first loves don’t last, or that any love you find as a teen isn’t true love and is doomed, but that couldn’t be further from the truth! My boyfriend Kyle and I started dating when we were teenagers and almost eight years later, we’re still together. We met at my best friend’s seventeenth birthday pool party. She had a crush on Kyle’s friend and invited Kyle so he would bring that friend along. They never worked out, but it was love at first sight for Kyle and me. This first picture you see in this post was the first photo of us together on the day we met. We look—and were—so young! I also think this photo was taken before I whomped him at ten MarioKart races in a row on my friend’s ancient Nintendo64. Just because he was cute didn’t mean I’d go easy on him!
When we were teens, everything was easy. There was nothing to hold us back and we had all the time in the world, but then we grew up and college made us so busy. Sometimes I would be out of the state at a horse show for months at a time. While I was away at a horse show once, Kyle went through the entire process of pledging and initiation into a fraternity! We’ve had our skyscraping-highs and deep-sea-lows over the years, but that dynamic relationship is what makes a love epic. We’re perfectly balanced: I’m mostly neurotic and he’s very calm and even-tempered. No one can make me laugh like he can, or make me smile like he can when I’m having a bad day. We have a special relationship; not too many couples plan on seeing the new Die Hard movie on Valentine’s Day!
You can absolutely make a love last if you’re a teen. Dreams of love at first sight really do come true. First and foremost, you have to believe it can happen, otherwise your skepticism will blind you from seeing love at first sight. The one thing, in my opinion, that breaks up a young love more than anything is when the two people grow up and apart. The key to making young love last is to grow up together, whether it’s real life or in your favorite book, and then it becomes epic.