If I were to make a list of all of the qualities I would want to have in a boyfriend, supportive would be within my top three. Though if you would’ve asked me two-plus years ago it probably wouldn’t have been.
Honestly, I had never thought of support as being that important. The first thing I would’ve thought is, what do I need support for? I know it’s a silly question, but I didn’t believe that support held much importance.
Having a loving, caring, and sweet partner we’re my top characteristics, but the truth is over the past two years I’ve realized that support, as all of those things, is extremely important.
Me and Braden’s story all starts with him attending countless volleyball games, and me having no idea that he was doing it because he liked me. He will tell you to this day, I was clueless, but I just assumed he just liked the sport or just came to hang out with friends.
I know, I was THAT oblivious. I had never dreamed he was coming to support me and it was a gesture to get closer to me. It wasn’t on my radar, though eventually, I caught on.
Soon we started dating, and his attendance at my games didn’t waiver, but instead strengthened. He was always there no matter what. There would be a few days when he said he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to come, but I learned to keep my hopes high.
Because nine times out of ten I would look up and there he would be. Ready to cheer me on and scream “That’s my girlfriend!” from the stands.
He attended so many games that the team would ask me if he was coming. They knew if he was there the crowd would be cheering. He even had his own chant that the entire team would yell back throughout the game.
It was such a comfort to know that he would always be there, win or lose. But he didn’t stop cheering when the volleyball season was over.
In school, extracurriculars, and daily life he continues to be there in the stands cheering me on and reminding me just how much he believes in me.
I’ve never experienced the kind of support that he has showered me with. There are days when I just get a random text or call during which he reminds me that he’s proud of me.
He always knows when to give me a little push when my confidence is low and encourage me when I feel like a task is impossible.
I’ve felt his support in everything I do, and I couldn’t be more grateful to him for being my number one fan in life.
There are so many times where I look back, and remember him reassuring me through hard tests, the struggles of life, or putting myself out there.
If it wasn’t for him, I don’t know if I would’ve pursued this blog as much as I have. When I told him what I wanted to achieve, he told him he was so proud of my for chasing what I love so strongly.
He is my cheerleader, motivator, and suppot system and I don’t know what I would do without him.
Whether you’re out there single, taken, or in a complicated situation, make sure whoever you’re with supports you unconditionally.
Showing up for each other in support is so important for any relationship. Shower their hobbies, dreams, and goals with support and watch your relationship flourish in a way it never has before.