Now I understand that when you have a bond that’s multi-faceted, and you’re with a partner who’s your equal, your best friend and your very own beacon of smoldering grins, you’re willing to drop the paranoia of who will leave first. There is security in the trust that you both adore and value each other. There is the risk — others, of course, might call it faith — that the two of you have what it takes to make it work, that you are willing to put in that work when one of you is a little irksome, even a downright shithead. These are the reward-heavy risks I learned were worth taking.
Jessica Machado, "On Dating Down,"