A colleague of mine surprised us all when he proposed to another colleague who is also his long-time girlfriend. He had made this animated video of their story vague enough that we couldn't immediately tell what was going on but sweet enough to catch our undivided attention. The video concluded with this message:
Despite all the amazing experiences and world travels, it's just BEING with each other is the most wonderful experience life can give.
That's when we realized what was going on.......and here I am crying again. Soooo simple yet so heartfelt and touching. Although I wanted it so bad at the time I've accepted that this isn't my story and won't be. I can't say we met ten years ago in an elevator and became inseparable ever since. I can't say that on my first birthday together he arranged for John Mayer to serenade me. I can't say that we packed up and traveled the south continent the day after our graduation (also that wouldn't be halaal).
That's alright. My story will still be special in its own way and today I'm happy. I hope and I dream and I wish and that makes me happy.
The signs are everywhere.