I still remember when I first laid my eyes on you. Every turn I made around campus it seemed like you were there. Crossing the bridge to ISAT, in the halls of Showker, and waiting in line for grilled cheese in d-hall on Thursdays. This was back in ’05 and I wasn’t sure if I liked you. I get that college is the time you’re supposed to try new things and get outside of your comfort zone. I wasn’t positive that you were one of those situations I should take a chance on.
Over the years in school, you become more popular, especially with the sorority girls. At this point, I still couldn’t see your appeal. I didn’t think in the Venn Diagram of Life you could be a common denominator for both sorority girls and me. I mean, what are the chances of that? I was involved with the WXJM crowd. What would the radio station kids all think if they saw me with you? Would I lose my cool-kid cred I earned from my previous week’s set list? I wasn’t convinced you were worth the risk…yet.
After graduating, something changed. I started to see what all those other girls saw in you. I still wasn’t ready to commit and take things public quite yet. This was definitely progress and I could see the long term potential. I needed time to wrap my head around it. I had been against us for almost 7 years.
I can’t pinpoint the precise moment I was ready to let the world know how I felt about you. The period of my life where you weren’t a part of it is blurry. It’s like I can’t even remember who I was without you around.
The past couple of years haven’t been the easiest, but you have been there for me. You stuck with me even when I didn’t want to get out of bed for days at a time. You never once judged me for hitting play on that fourth (and fifth and sixth) episode in a row of Criminal Minds.
I know times change and people change and I still have so much to figure out about life. I know that right now, if you’re by my side, I can do anything. I can push myself to run an extra mile. I can tackle the most intimidating to-do list on a Saturday afternoon. I can dream big, because I am literally asleep a significant amount of the time you are around.
Leggings, you have changed my life. I day dream about what things would have been like had I embraced you sooner. I just had no idea what I was missing out on. Everything is so effortlessly easy with you. Isn’t that how the best love stories happen though? Slowly over time until you realize that what you have been missing has been right there all along. Or is that just the plot line to every early ’00 teen movie?
Leggings, I love you and I felt like it was time to let the world know.