Our Love Story Told Through Beauty and The Beast
In the story, “Beauty and the Beast,” a prince is cursed by a sorceress, causing him to appear as a monstrous beast. It had been said that this was due to the Prince living a selfish life, ultimately only caring about himself. To break the curse, the Beast must find a woman, fall in love and be loved by her in return. Although, I was never technically cursed, I did have several failed relationships which caused me to take a step back and think about what I truly needed in a relationship.
If someone were to tell my parents ten years ago that I would be living my “Happily Ever After” with my handsome Prince, they would tell you that you were crazy. You see, growing up I was always the wild child, the girl who took the word “no” as a challenge and ultimately lived a care-free life. My dad would tell you I was a “loser magnet” and that my husband, Zac, was the first boyfriend I brought home who he liked.
Prior to meeting Zac, I had numerous relationships that didn’t end well. Many of my boyfriends cheated on me, spoke down to me and made me feel less about myself. Years and years of toxic relationships led me to believe that I wasn’t meant to find true love. At the beginning of my relationships, the feelings were mutual across the board but I always felt that I loved myself more than the person I was with. Now, I’m not saying that self-love isn’t important because it most certainly is, but let’s just say I wasn’t jumping in front of a pack of wolves to save my then boyfriends. However, all of that changed when I met my now-husband.
The saying, “when you know, you know,” couldn’t be proven truer in our love story. Zac and I both went to the same College and were both College Athletes. Similar to Belle not wanting to have dinner with the Beast, I originally was not interested in dinner with Zac either. Not because he was a loud and angry Beast but simply because he was younger than me. However, my roommates kept telling me give him a chance so I agreed to the date to get them off my back. Just like the Beast and Belle during their first dinner, things weren’t exactly a Fairytale. Zac originally came across extremely shy and didn’t speak a single word on our way to dinner. Anyone who knows me knows that kind of personality wouldn’t work with mine since I never shut up. However, fast forward to later that night and one Ugly Sweater Party later, my life was forever changed.
Just like Belle came to find the kind of person the Beast truly was, I had to do the same with Zac. I had to set aside my preexisting notions based off of failed relationships and give Zac a chance to really show me his true colors. The shy boy who didn’t speak two words on the way to dinner, quickly turned into the man in my life who gave me the best advice. The man who always knew what to say to cheer me up and the man who didn’t allow me give up when things got tough. Just like the Beast turned into the handsome Prince right before Belle’s eyes, Zac went from the quiet, younger lacrosse player, to the man I knew I wanted to create my own fairytale with.
I can still recall our first date, our first kiss, the first time he told me he loved me and I think there’s something really special about that. I kissed many “beasts” in my day, but none of them turned into a handsome Prince. After spending three days straight with Zac, I knew I had found my soulmate. Of course, just like any other love story, we have had our fair share of ups and downs along the way, but the triumphs outweigh the struggles by a far. My husband truly is my soulmate, the man who broke my curse of toxic relationships and made my parents the happiest of them all. Zac brings out the best in me and I bring out the best in him. And I bet if we could ask the Beast, he would agree with me when I say, nothing is better than loving someone who loves you right back, just as much.