Date someone who you aren’t afraid to call your boyfriend or girlfriend, because the label is comforting. Reassuring. It feels right.
Date someone who you aren’t afraid of giving up the single life for, because you know you aren’t missing out on anything. You know that you have already found the best possible person for you. You know that you have already found your soulmate.
Date someone who you aren’t afraid of introducing to your best friends and grandparents, because you know that everyone will see how well you fit together. Because you know that your family will love them just as much as you do.
Date someone who you aren’t afraid of getting close to physically and emotionally. Someone who makes you tear down your walls. Someone who convinces you to let down your guard. Someone who always makes you feel at ease.
Date someone who you aren’t afraid of sharing your deepest secrets with, of being your most authentic self in front of, because they would never judge you. They would never think less of you after hearing a story from your past or catching you in an embarrassing moment. They love you for you. And that is never going to change.
Date someone who you aren’t afraid of being disappointed by. Someone you trust to keep their promises. Someone you doubt would ever lie to you. Someone you believe will do whatever is within their power to keep your relationship strong.
Date someone who you aren’t afraid of settling down with — even though you’ve been terrified of love your entire life — because you trust that they would never hurt you. They would never abandon you out of the blue like others have done in the past. They would never cheat on you after swearing to stay loyal. They would never destroy the connection you have created, because they value the relationship as much as you do.
Date someone who makes you excited about the idea of marriage and moving in together instead of terrified. Someone you are going to enjoy spending Wednesday afternoons with on the couch, just lounging around. Someone you can’t wait to decorate an apartment with and celebrate the holidays with and raise a puppy with.
Date someone who makes you feel like your future is set in stone. Like there is no question about whether or not you’re going to stay together forever, because there’s no way you two are separating. There is nothing that could sever your bond. There is nothing that could end your love story.
Date someone who you aren’t afraid of losing. Someone who will always stand by your side. Someone who will always be there to pick you up from the ground. Someone who will continue to put effort into your relationship, even after you have been together for years, because they realize you are worth it.
Date someone who makes you feel happier than you have ever felt before. Someone who takes all of your fears away, because when you’re with them, it feels like nothing bad could ever happen.