I think about the person that I was when I was 14. I was painfully shy, awkward and very focused on doing well at school. I had basically zero emotional intelligence and girls were still pretty much foreign to me, I was more interested in soccer and The Simpsons. Things didn’t change for quite a while and I remained pretty much the same shy person until my late teens. I don’t know what happened but all of a sudden when I was about 20, I kinda grew up. I became more confident in myself and as that decade of my life passed, my ideas, views and opinions also refined to help me find my place, a place where I felt happy with who I was. I traveled, saw the world and met people that affected my life and way of thinking and living, it was formative. I guess the point that I’m trying to make is that you wouldn’t be able to recognise the man I am from the boy that I was.
I think it’s my own experiences that make me so amazed at Staci and Simon. It’s honestly a bit hard to comprehend their relationship because they’ve been together for more of their life than the time they’ve not been together (15 years vs 14 years). Not only did they go through the same turbulent process of growing up as the rest of us, they did it together. We do that whole self-discovery, experimenting and finding the path that we want in life stuff which challenges us and more significantly, challenges young love. Most couples don’t get past that, but it didn’t hinder Staci and Simon. That says more about the two of them more than it says about us I think – it takes an immense amount of courage, patience and a hell of a lot of commitment to get through it. It’s inspiring because life isn’t simple anymore, our world is a big place and times are not as they were. Their story doesn’t come from this era, it’s one that we only hear about from our grandparents’ and our grandparents’ parents. Modern love is fleeting and our independence can be a curse at times because it’s so much easier to simply pack up and leave to see what else is out there. But Staci and Simon made it through to the other side, they had their process of discovery, they did their growing up and unlike most of the rest of us, they knew all along that what they wanted was each other.