Humans Of New York post highlights couple’s long term romantic ritual
Humans of New York (HONY) always knows how to hit us right in the feels, and their latest post is no exception. It’s a great reminder to couples that being part of a long term duo can be just a romantic as the honeymoon phase of a new relationship.
“We met in college. He walked me home from school every day for five years,” the caption begins. “We would talk about everything: how many kids we wanted, how we wanted to raise them, our roles in the home, where we wanted to live, and even where we wanted to vacation.”
But unlike so many real life romances that end in divorce, this one has a happy ending. It’s been fifteen years since this couple began those walks and they’re still going strong. That may be why people are loving their story so much. The post has been shared over 36,ooo times and has over 713,000 reactions so far.
It’s easy for married people to make jokes about the lack of romance in our lives. Outside of Valentine’s Day, long stemmed roses don’t fit into the budget when you’ve got college tuition to plan for (and even then maybe not). And when we say let’s Netflix and chill, we usually mean let’s actually watch a show, not hook up. But there are good things about being with the same person for a really long time and knowing them really well.
“A lot of couples only seem to talk about important things if they’re forced to make big decisions. And there can be this moment of: ‘I really didn’t know you.’ And there’s pressure to make a decision. And that’s when the biggest arguments seem to happen. We’ve luckily managed to avoid that because it’s all been discussed before.”
Knowing the person you’re with inside and out is romantic in its own right. To have someone who’s seen you at your best and at your worst, and stands by you anyway is true love in action. Someone who knows you for exactly who you are, a person who’s seen all your secrets and loves you still — that’s hotter than anyone on Tinder.
That’s not to say that staying in a relationship isn’t hard work. Even true love takes effort. Forget Drake and Rihanna. This couple with their commitment to each other through their walks home is the definition of #relationshipgoals.
For the couple in this HONY post, it was those long talks during all those walks that made them the rock solid unit they are today. And they haven’t run out of things to say to each other. “We’ve been married for fifteen years but we still walk home together from work every night,” they said. “We’re actually doing that right now.”