5 years ago today, Nick proposed!
Because of Nick’s timeline for work, we already knew when we wanted to get married. We had been dating for 4 years and we were ready, but we were waiting for him to finish his deployments. There were a few moments where I thought he was going to propose only to find out later that he was trying, so hard, but it just wasn’t working out.
What I didn’t know at the time was that Nick had been trying for 6 months to propose, but due to some family circumstances, a deployment, and the ring getting stolen (yup, you read that right. Nick has terrible luck with rings), it hadn’t happened yet. At the time I didn’t know about any of this. I didn’t know that he spent 6 months trying to propose 5 different times.
By the time he was able to propose, it was his Plan F.
I was planning to go to California on December 27 to spend New Year’s with Nick and his family.
On December 26, my parents went to pick Nick up at the airport while I was still sleeping. I was completely in shock to wake up and find him here in New York.
“I’m supposed to go see you tomorrow!” I said.
“I couldn’t wait that long,” he replied. He had traveled over Christmas night to surprise me.
He told me we were going to New York City for a surprise. At this point I obviously knew was was going on, so instead of asking a million questions I just went with the flow. I took the quickest shower of my life and threw on the first shirt I could find. We spent the day in New York and at the end of it, we ended up in front of the tree in Rockefeller Center.
I could feel Nick’s heart beating as he sat next to me, and all of a sudden he was down on one knee. He said a lot of beautiful mushy things and asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes.
A stranger saw it happen and offered to take our picture right after:
We went home and my entire family was waiting for us. We all went out to dinner to celebrate.
The next day, we went to California together, as I had originally planned. We celebrated again with his family. It was a beautiful Christmas and the perfect way for us to start our engagement — even if it wasn’t what either of us had envisioned.
Life almost never goes according to plan. So, go into 2017 with an open heart. Know that beautiful things happen in their own time.
I don’t believe that good things just fall into your lap. I don’t believe that good things happen to those who sit around and wait. I don’t believe that you should wait for your life to begin.
But I do believe that hard work can sometimes take time to pay off. I do believe that setbacks aren’t the end of the world.
I do believe that things are not always what they seem and that we need to cut each other some slack. You never really know what someone else is going through.
I do believe that things that don’t work out like you planned can also be beautiful. I do believe that the best things in life are worth fighting for, waiting for.
And I believe that even if takes until Plan F or Plan Z, it’s worth it.
In 2017, get creative.