Love Blog 02: AweSam Writes About Being Romantic

Let me start out by saying that I am not the most romantic person out there. I even tried looking for inspiration just to come up with a material for this project. I watched films and listened to songs just to inspire me. It helped in a way but I figured that it must only come from somewhere real…and from my heart.

I am very private about my love life. But I realized that if I am to truly write this, I must put it out there. Raw and real. Being romantic, after all means letting go of inhibitions and almost exposing yourself to every possible risk there is. To start, I got engaged last year. Let me tell you about the proposal. My fiancé proposed in a very simple way. No grand gestures and sob-worthy speeches (he did prepare but he got so nervous he forgot everything. Haha!). He even did it on April Fool’s day! Yeah, he really was aiming to make it seem like a prank. And so he did. I found this kind of romantic. Proposals always often are.

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Oh! And I have to mention that I didn’t require a ring when we talked about getting engaged. I required a medical certificate from a Cardiologist and that I would never say yes without it. It should say he is fit to marry me. You see, I want to ensure I would marry someone well and healthy. I know what you’re thinking…I’m romantic that way. Haha! And he actually did the series of heart tests and secured the med cert. It didn’t say fit to marry me, but I said yes anyway.

The effort was enough and he is healthy. The proposal happened at a low-key restaurant over some wine and cheese. He didn’t have plans. It was thoughtful when he remembered that I asked him not to give me a diamond ring instead a simple sapphire ring (which I had always wanted). And he did. Truth be told, I have never even imagined how a perfect proposal would be like for me. It was funny actually as I recall it now.

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You see, romantic for me has a whole different meaning. In my experience romantic are the following:

  1. Picking up my family members by himself at the terminal when I can’t.
  2. …or with me even if he didn’t get enough sleep or he is tired.
  3. Accompanying me to dental appointments even if I can do it on my own but because those are hours spent together too.
  4. Bringing me medicine and food when I am sick.
  5. Praying for me and with me.
  6. Accompanying me in the wee hours of the morning while I train for my marathon.
  7. Seeing me off the starting line of a marathon race.
  8. And cheering me on to the finish line because he knows how important my dreams are for me.

The list could go on…and for what it’s worth shouldn’t all these count as romantic?

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Samantha Orbita works for an insurance company and is part of a team that aims to do things right. She teaches kids about Jesus. She loves Wes Anderson films and her favorite food is cake…except chocolate cake. She is teaching herself Morse code just because. She is into educational podcasts like Radiolab. And you will often find her running around places and running races.


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