“…When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soul mate is the one who makes life come to life.”
It was a beautifully sunny summer day, August 4th 2013 to be exact, when the above quote, from AA Milne, was read at our wedding at The Muskoka Grandview Resort in Hunstville, Ontario. Throughout the eight months of careful and detailed planning for this incredible day, we selected this reading because we felt as though it perfectly described us and what we wanted for our future together. Now, over three years later, we still feel this quote to be true to our marriage and friendship. That being said, this love story did not begin only two years ago, let’s just say we’re what you’d call ‘high school sweethearts’!
People always wonder how they know when they’ve found ‘the one’. Although neither of us admitted it at the time, the moment each of us knew was when our relationship withstood the test of travel, and passed with flying colors.
My spark to explore was first ignited when I was in the twelfth grade, Mr. Guile’s “West and the World” History class to be exact. The class covered European history from the Renaissance to post-WWII. I sat in the front row and never missed a single day to soaked up all the theories of Galileo, Aristotle and Voltaire. I reveled in awe and wonderment of the beauty of the works of Picasso, Da Vinci and Van Gogh. I was in amazement of the architectural masterpieces and longed to see Versailles, the Colosseum and the Acropolis with my very eyes. I vowed to get there one day…and that day finally came five years later, after I graduated from teachers college, with my second honors bachelor degree. At the time, Jeff and I had been together for three years, so I asked him if he wanted to come exploring with me. I knew I didn’t want to go alone, and who better to share so many amazing sights and experiences than my very best friend. Our six week journey through England, France, Italy and Greece was truly what, not only confirmed the fact that we were absolute soulmates, but also solidified the feeling of wanderlust in both of us. It was the start of a truly amazing journey, through life, together…
I, on the other hand, did miss a day or two of class. Never being able to concentrate for too long, unless there was a problem to be solved, it was difficult to hold my attention span for more than around thirty seconds. It wasn’t until after high school that I had the first experience which inspired me to travel. I got a job! Not the way most people would realize they love travel, I know, but this job was in beautiful Calgary, Alberta. Away from home for the first time, I explored the city, made new friends and began to look at the world from a different perspective. Finally something that could keep my attention, constantly seeing and experiencing something for the first time. Although in this new place I had new and old friends, I still felt alone, and the stay was short lived. Que Lindsay. The go-getter, the planner, the realist, the passionate, the never fake, always up for it love of my life. I quickly realized that I could never fully enjoy an experience unless it was shared. Do you want to know if you can spend a lifetime with someone that you love? Go on a trip! And not your romantic, all-inclusive sit by the beach type of trip, but a trip that will test your relationship. Go somewhere that you can get lost, just the two of you, at night, afraid, trying to find some dumpy hostel in the middle of nowhere, while arguments ensue, and tempers flare. If you wake up beside each other, loving one another more than the day before, you have found your travel companion for life. That was our Europe trip. That’s where it all began…