Second Chances

Emily - Waterloo, Illinois
Entered on April 25, 2009
Age Group: 30 - 50
Themes: forgiveness, love
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Second Chances

I believe in second chances. Many people do not or even think that they exist, but they do. My story is very easy but it is what I believe. I did not think that I was meant for anyone, that I was going to be single and partying for the rest of my life. I was wrong. When I was younger I had boyfriends that would come and go but no one ever really stuck. I did not think of myself as the settling down type but eventually I knew that I needed to. I dated this guy for about a year and a half and had a lot of fun in that time. My family liked him a lot too, which is always good. Then one day I thought I did not want to be with him anymore. I broke it off with him very meanly, gave him no reasons except that I did not want to be with him any longer.

Two years went by and I still was not in any good relationships, nor had any good relationships. I was working at Home Depot minding my business at the service counter talking to one of my co-workers and he walked up. I was shocked that he would even come near me after what I did. Jacob and I talked for a little while, I checked his purchase out and he gave me his email address. Said for me to email him and we could go out to dinner sometime. Wow, I thought, how cool was that. Jacob was always very good to me, so what did I have to loose. I emailed him a couple of days later and he picked me up for dinner. At dinner we talked about everything. I thought it was a great time just to reconnect with someone that I have always thought to be interesting. I did not want that night to ever end.

After all of that we starting dating again, going on to live together and eventually get married. I would never have thought nine years going by this fast but they have. My second chance in life has given me my best friend and husband. He always jokes with me and says, “I should have kept walking in Home Depot that day instead of walking up to that service counter.” I always tell people how much that Jacob means to me in more ways than I can explain. He is a wonderful husband and friend. We are totally different in personalities, taste, and opinions but I think that is what makes us a great pair. Since reconnecting with Jacob I feel that my life and purpose has been fulfilled up until this point. I know that I have many more things to do.