By Allison M
Under my lucky stars, though they weren't visible through the clear blue sky, I found you. You had invited me to Dreamscape festival; ironically, at the time, I thought the name was cliché. I had never heard of such a place, and ordinarily, I would never have gone. However, your invitation was worth it. I set forth to Darlington, Maryland early in the morning from Newark, Delaware on a journey to meet you. I was nervous, to say the least. I traveled alone with the blind hope that meeting you there would be worth the while. As a pessimistic person, this was a huge risk from my perspective. It could have ruined everything. If it didn't work out, I would be alone there. I would say butterflies fluttered in the pit of my stomach, but in reality, they felt more like bees.
I arrived, and as I had feared, you did not answer my calls. "I knew it," I thought to myself. "I came here for nothing." However, I refused to waste the beautiful day and the money I had spent on my ticket and gas getting there. I wandered the campgrounds alone, and I encountered so many interesting people along the way. I made new friends, and they were very hospitable. Eventually, something told me to venture further. I drifted from the friends I had made and walked aimlessly through the muddy grass, and then, I saw you.
It felt like a perfect twist of fate. I felt like that morning had stretched on forever trying to find you, but to my pleasant surprise, it had only struck noon.
If I had seen the stars above us at that moment, I would have marveled at how beautiful they looked in the sky. No matter how they were arranged, I swear I would have seen them perfectly aligned. By some miracle, amongst the thousands of people who meandered the grounds at Camp Ramblewood that day, our paths crossed. Our Lucky Stars brought us together, and we have been together ever since.
To most, this story would seem proverbial; a tale of star-crossed lovers, classically overused and overdone. However, the true wonder to this tale is not of how lucky we were to meet that day. It is about how each and every day after that, we chose each other. Every day, it is a decision. It is an acknowledgment that there is no one I would rather spend my life with than you, nor you with I.
The true beauty of love is its undying nature. It's the fact that every morning waking up to you is just as magical as that day, on the 7th of May of 2016, when my eyes met yours. It's the fact that even through our most trying times, that feeling is more than enough for me to fight for you, and to never give up. No matter what. It's the fact that Our Lucky Stars are always above us, every day, whether we can see them or not.