Love, Travel, and a Letter

by Kim on February 14, 2011 · 26 comments

I’m sorry to do this to all of you Valentine’s Day haters out there but Brian gave me the most perfect love letter and I just had to post it.  And yes, I asked him first before sharing it and he said “it’s your letter, you can do what you want with it.”  Was that a yes?

I’m posting it verbatim, it is completely in Brian’s voice and that’s part of why I love it.  He also managed to capture exactly how we’re both feeling right now and that’s why I love it too. 

So here you go.  Happy Valentines Day everyone.


This year, I have decided to write you a love email instead of a love letter.  I know, I know, it doesn’t seem as romantic as a hand written letter.  But, I figured that by sending you a love email, it combined a few of your favorite things: me (hopefully), love letters, Valentine’s day, and your computer!  

I don’t know how it is possible, but I love you more now than I have ever loved you. You bring the joy to my days and I can not imagine (and don’t want to imagine) my life without you.  You inspire me to be a better person and to push my limits.  As much as I wanted to travel (and I did – no matter if you believe me or not), I never would have imagined quitting our jobs and travelling for as long as our money will last.  But, thanks to you, that is going to be our reality in 10 months!  (and, by the way, that is CRAZY soon)

As much as it scares me to give everything up that I know and that is comfortable, to literally strap all of our possessions on our backs and hop on a plane, to give up what has become a stable, comfortable (albeit sometimes boring) life, doing it with you makes it seem like the natural progression of things.  And that is because, when we are together, no matter where we are in the world, we will be at home with each other.  It doesn’t matter whether we are sitting on the couch with our noses in our respective computers, on the back of an elephant in the Thailand jungle, or searching for elves in Iceland, the important thing is that we are doing it together and that we wouldn’t want to be doing it with anyone else. 

And, I think I have come to the realization that that is what is important in life – not necessarily what we are doing, but that we are doing it together.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to quit our jobs and travel, but I am also looking forward to the time before that, the new experiences we will have saving money, selling our house, holding (another) garage sale, apartment shopping, and yes, even the stress of what we are going to do with the doggers.  Some of these will be very happy times, and some will be tough.  But the point I am trying to make is that, whatever it is, we know we have each other, no matter what, and that is enough to get through some pretty tough things (we should know, right?) 

And I am also looking forward to everything that happens after we get back, because, who knows what the future holds in store.  After we jump off this hamster wheel we call our current life, an entirely new chapter in our lives opens up – one in which we are the only authors and we can write whatever future we want. 

While I am excited for many things that the future holds, the ‘things’ are not what make me excited.  Its that we will be doing them together.  You are what I am excited for.

I love you, baby.  I always will. 

Happy Valentine’s Day.