8 Meet-Cutes That Will Remind You True Love Exists Outside Of Romantic Comedies
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One of my biggest weaknesses is a good love story. Although I refuse to watch "The Notebook" because I know from past experience I won't be able to stop crying, I love hearing about someone's love story. As cheesy as this sounds, I have come to find that there is something incredibly special about an individual sharing a personal detail like their love life with you. All love stories are different, having their own unique details that accompany them. You might absolutely despise the person like Joe Fox and Kathleen Kelly in "You've Got Mail" or Noah's instant infatuation with Allie in "The Notebook."

Although romantic-comedies can give you all types of feels, I think the real world might have some better love stories to tell. As I often do, I turned to social media and asked my friends and followers to share their stories with me. The answers that I got would put the writers of "Love Actually" to shame.

Here are the cutest stories of how people met their significant others:

1. "I hated him in middle school."

"I hated him in middle school because every time he got off the bus he would hit me with his book bag."

Isn't that how most stories start? One friend told me that she didn't even realize that her boyfriend was the same boy who rode the same bus with her until after they started dating. Although this couple officially met when she was helping out his teacher, you could say they have some history. Now they are engaged and planning their wedding.

2. "I saw him in the halls."

"I had a crush on him in 7th grade, and he liked me too! The rest is history."

Some love stories start young. One friend told me she met her boyfriend while still in middle school. Now, they are both in college and still dating. Watching the two of them together is adorable, and you can tell how much they care for one another.

3. "We met on a blind date."

"The jelly bean test!"

I have to admit; this one might be my favorite response since it is kind of the reason I'm on this earth. My parents were set up on a blind date right before my mom started college. My mom was 17, and my dad was 18. They have been together ever since. For the men reading this, here is a tip: let the girl eat all the good flavored snacks. She won't forget it.

4. "We met at an Orlando City Grab-a-date, but she wasn't my date."

This story happens to be another one of my favorite on this list. For those who might not be familiar with the term "grab-a-date," in Greek life, fraternities and sororities have these events where they invite someone to an event. Despite what movies make it seem like, you don't literally grab some stranger off the street and take them somewhere. There is planning involved. In this case, my friend saw someone on his grab-a-date (who's also one of my friends) and fell head over heels for her. Sometimes, you know and that is precisely what happened here. Of course, her side of the story is a little different, claiming she yelled at him for wearing a green shirt.

5. "He came to a workshop I taught."

A friend of mine was teaching a workshop about girlhood and femininity in war zones and her now-boyfriend showed up. "We just had this chemistry even though we'd never spoken before, just like of this visceral reaction to each other."

Side note: she writes and he acts. It's a match made in heaven.

6. "Yoga class!"

"I couldn't concentrate every time he came in. He was magnificent."

Who doesn't fantasize about meeting your future husband in a yoga class? Another story I heard was from a couple who is has been married for three years and is expecting a child. They met in a yoga class and later connected at a birthday party and Instagram. She fell in love with his confidence, slight cockiness, and of course his charm.

7. "Class, he didn't have an umbrella while it was raining so I offered to walk together to our dorms."

"Freshman year of college we were in a class together, and he was wearing a shirt from a high school next to my house back home. We started talking about that and turns out that his house back home was 10 minutes away from mine. After class was over, I saw that he sighed when he saw it was raining outside since he didn't have an umbrella. I asked him if he lived on campus and if he wanted to walk with me under my umbrella. During the walk, we found out that we had so much in common and some of my best friends were people that he played sports with as a little kid. It felt like I had known him my whole life from this one conversation. Weird how the universe does that kind of thing."

Are you kidding me? I cannot handle this cuteness. Sometimes you have to trust the universe. Three years later they are still together.

Of course, some answers I got were pretty funny.

8. "Once I have, I'll let you know."

You don't have to be in a relationship to appreciate a great love story. As little kids, we watch Fairy Tales and come to crave that "Happily Ever After." Although I am well aware a story continues after the credits roll—I think that is why real life love stories are better than ones in movies. They contain the ups and downs of a couples love. No relationship is perfect, but a good one can stand up against the challenges of everyday life.

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An Open Letter To The Girl In A Toxic Relationship Who Doesn't See The Signs To Let Go

"it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing" -R.H Sin

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Dear you,

I hope you're doing well. I once thought I was too. I once thought that if he would just change, for me, everything would work. However, my sweet girl, you should not have to change people, you should not have to push people to be better, for you. You cannot help anyone, that does not want to help themselves.

In the movies, we learn to love a bad boy that needs changing. However, it isn't always your job to be boys saving grace. However, his shaming and emotional abuse is not just something you should put up with so that you can love him. That is not loving.

Love is not a constant competition of who could belittle the other one first. Love is not asking for a hug and being told no. Love does not make you feel stupid for bringing up things that hurt your feelings.

Love does not grow angry because you talk to your mom about your feelings. Love does not body shame. Love does not constantly change the passcode to their phone.

Love does not laugh when you find out they're unfaithful. Love does not tell you that you are not smart enough to accomplish anything. Love does not force their hand up your thigh when the words "no" slip out of your mouth.

Love is the warmth of a hand on your cheek when you get anxious. Love is getting your backpack out the car for you. Love is turning around when you need them. Love compromises.

Love is encouraging. Love is proud. Love is forgiving. Love sees you for who you are. Love knows you are worthy.

God is your Father and you are His daughter, so do not believe for one second that this abuse is the love you think you deserve.

Love will not always be easy. Love will be challenging and a constant prayer to not anger so quickly.

However, do not mix up challenging with the abuse. If you are losing the good pieces of yourself, then it isn't love. I know that you put a lot of time and effort into this relationship, but it is no good, you are holding on to someone whose heart is not in the right place to love you.

I connected with a poem from R. H. Sin, once I left my toxic relationship which reads, "it took letting go to realize that I was holding onto nothing."

Darling girl, you are so loved by so many people, do not let this relationship hold you back or make you feel less worthy than you are. I have always been the girl with her nose stuck up in the air smelling for smoke, to follow the trail to a burning house to find a boy that needed saving, but it is more than likely a boy that lit the fire in the first place and needs changing.

So, do not be me, be better. Be the girl that lights her own world on fire, for her work, for her family, for God. You are you and you are amazing, so do not fear being without him.

You will feel as if you have come up for air after drowning in an ocean that you had no idea you were swimming in.

The emotional abuse that this boy has put you through and maybe even physical abuse will leave you building walls around your heart. It will make other relationships hard, but you are so so strong.

You will meet someone that makes you so happy and feel so easy to love, you will never understand how you stuck around with the one that hurt you for so long.

You deserve to grow from this, and I promise you will.

Let go.

xoxo,

The girl who learned from a toxic relationship

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Being Far Away From My Boyfriend Actually Strengthened Our Relationship Instead Of Forcing It Apart

While we were apart, we became closer.

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Before I really start this article, I just want to say that my relationship isn't truly a long distance relationship. We are both college students at the same university eight months out of the year, but the other four months we live quite a distance apart. Even during those four months, we are only about 150 miles from each other as the bird flies, but really about three hours from each other.

Being in a relationship where I'm not able to see my boyfriend every day or even every week has been a real challenge. But it's been a good challenge. It hasn't been a challenge because I've felt unfaithful or fallen out of love with him in any way. It's challenging because I miss him. We both work jobs and our schedules aren't the same and oftentimes we aren't able to talk to each other unless it's early in the morning or late at night. There are times when all I want to do is talk to him and tell him about how my day went and get a big bear hug from him. Unfortunately, I'm not really able to do this.

I firmly believe that being apart from each other for days, weeks, or even months have brought us closer than we could've ever imagined. We knew that this would be difficult, and we knew that there would be bad days, but we decided to power through it. It has made each time that we are able to see each other so much more special and meaningful.

Seeing each other has become more of spending time with each other than just laying around on the couch playing around on our phones. It's become really getting to know each other better and catching up on all the things we had missed. It's become a time for us to simply be in each other's presence and enjoy being able to talk face to face without a phone in the middle of us. We go on more adventurous dates, we take more pictures, and I think we would both easily say that we fall more and more in love with each other after each opportunity we have to spend time together.

Spending time together is no longer a daily activity, but it has become a right to be earned through hard work and several paychecks as travel can become expensive. We no longer take opportunities to see each other for granted, and it has made us grow closer because we aren't able to spend time together often. We look forward to the days when we won't have to worry about being apart but know that this is only a stepping stone in our relationship.

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