September

I believe that we have an infinite number of soulmates, and I believe that Sam is one of mine.

She has been my rock through both the hardest and the most rewarding moments of my life. Had I known what our friendship would become when I entered our small flat in London back in 2016, I would not have taken for granted each and every moment.

I entered like a whirlwind, fresh off the plane and ready to make friends. I’m obnoxiously loud and I was determined to befriend my roommate. Sam had no idea that she had no choice to become my friend on that fateful August day. Within the week we were drinking ciders outside a pub and discussing our dreams in life and what our favorite television shows were. I even brought up how I was obsessed with this Amanda Knox murder documentary and Sam, while looking slightly alarmed, embraced it. She was completely okay with the fact that I was watching a documentary about a girl who killed her roommate, and that was when I knew I met someone special.

The success of my London experience is thanks to Sam. She has been there for every smile, every laugh, every tear, every heartbreak and every concussion. She is the one person I could rely on when trying to discover myself. She has challenged me, embraced me, loved me during it all. She is the one person that never judged me for the mistakes I made and she never made me feel small. I owe her so much more then she will ever comprehend and I can only hope that one day I will repay her with the love and grace she has continuously showed me. She truly believed in me when I didn’t think I was worth believing in and loved me when I didn’t feel worthy of love. She has been my rock and I would not be here today if it wasn’t for her. Sam made me feel as though I was worth saving.

But this isn’t about our relationship – this is about how she found her soulmate in a city of fancy accents far away from home.

Michael and Sam are truly the protagonists of their own love story. It sometimes feels as though they are the star of a Nora Ephron romantic comedy or a Nicholas Sparks romance novel, and I have had the pleasure of witnessing their love firsthand. I watched them meet, fall in love and I was there for everything in between and after. It has been an honor to watch it firsthand and I can only hope that I have a front row seat to the next chapter of their love story.

Sam met Michael after a wild night out celebrating my 22nd birthday. There aren’t many pictures of that evening, but I remember Sam and I lying in bed that Sunday afternoon and us discussing whether or not she should go on this date with a boy named Michael. My personal motto during that period of life was that you should always accept a date for the free food, and I’m sure I told her as much. Whatever came of that conversation resulted in her disappearing in the London streets for a few hours while I nursed one of the worst hangovers of my life.

I remember her returning to our impossibly small room with this glow. I don’t really know how else to describe it. It was as if the universe shifted slightly, know that it had paired two amazing individuals together. 

I think I knew they were meant to be around Christmas time. By this point I had already met Michael at our ‘American Thanksgiving’ and I had deemed him worthy for my friend Samantha. But when Christmas time was fast approaching, I discovered that during their gift exchange, Sam and Michael had bought each other the exact same Christmas present. I didn’t think that was possible. How in tune do you have to be to have that amount of success when picking out a gift? When I returned to London after my Christmas break back in America, my weekends were filled with Michael. Michael became a staple in my life, and I’m pleased that he hasn’t left. He gave me advice on my disastrous love life, he hosted us at his house for a Super Bowl party that ended up with too much American food and not enough people to eat it and more importantly, he whisked my best friend away into her own love story. Michael made Sam glow in a way that a girl can only dream about. He complimented her in the best way and made sure that her sparkle was never dimmed. I truly believe that they compliment each other, that they bring out the very best of each other, and I only hope that one day I will find a love like that.

I tell everyone that Sam is one of the only people in the world that I wish for eternal happiness. She is a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. She has only brought love and hope into my life. She has given me the gift of her friendship, and that will forever be worth more then she can comprehend. I don’t know how I lasted so long without her in my life, and I hope I never have to live a life without her. She is one of my soulmates, and I have had no greater pleasure then watching her fall in love with her soulmate. Michael and Sam give me hope that there is a happily ever after for all of us, and that is a gift I can never repay.

So thank you, to the both of you, for giving me more than you will ever be able to comprehend. 

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