Four years ago today, my stomach was filled with butterflies as I woke up and prepped myself for the big day ahead. I was going to meet Dustin for the first time "in person" and couldn't have been more nervous.
We were long-time online chat buddies, so I had at least been able to determine whether or not he was a total psycho beforehand.
I remember this day so clearly, but I also remember the feelings I had before this day even came. The strongest feelings I have ever felt about meeting somebody. I had my heart and my brain poking me all at once saying, "Dana, no matter what, you have to meet this guy." Typical me would have brushed off the thought of meeting another (yes, another) random stranger I spoke with online, but something was different this time. I can't explain it, but somehow I just knew that if I didn't take this leap of courage I would regret it.
So back to me being a mess...
I remember picking out a cute outfit and him calling me telling me he was leaving the States and would be here in about 4 hours. I wore a bright yellow denim mini skirt with a graphic printed low v-neck black tee. My hair was black at the time. I was excited, but worried that we might not even like each other after meeting, and if that was the case I would be stuck with the guy for a whole weekend!
Four hours later, I received his notice that he was here. He was standing outside my condo and I was to go and meet him. For the first time ever. I walked out into the lobby and there he was, holding onto a backpack and a guitar case, trying not to smile, but failing. I gave him a huge hug and thought "ok, this is going to be alright!". He told me that he was going to pretend he wasn't impressed with me and turn around to leave, but just couldn't do it, haha.
We spent the day hanging out and getting to know each other. I decided then that I really liked this guy. I thought to myself that I would like to keep him, so I did.
Throughout these years we have grown so much together. He has been there for me when I'm at my worst. He has never judged me or mistrusted me. He has been on my team since day one. He has made me laugh every single day. He is my perfect match.
I cannot wait to celebrate today and every year for another 60 years.