Why I Decided to Make My Relationship Public

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Dating in 2016 can be pretty confusing. For whatever reason, my generation has come up with the idea that your love life has to be lived in secrecy. You may tell a few of your friends who you’re dating, but they are never to spread the word. We sneak around and try to hide our “significant other” in a foolish attempt to maintain a private life. There are many things that should be done in private, but love is not one of them!

In my lifetime, I would say that I’ve only ever been in one serious relationship. I was a junior in highschool and I had fallen head over heels for whom I thought was the absolute love of my life. (I was wrong.) Although that relationship didn’t work out, it taught me valuable lessons about love. Everyone that knew me knew I was with him and vice versa.  When they saw one of us out alone, they automatically asked us about the other. People viewed us as a couple, a package deal, two halves of one whole. In my opinion, that’s the way relationships should be.

Now that I’m 23 and not 16, I still place value on openly sharing the fact that I’m in a relationship. I never want to feel like I have to be secretive or hide the fact that I’m happily committed. Being vocal about your relationship doesn’t mean that the whole world will know your business. You can argue privately while still loving publically. You don’t have to broadcast your lows, but why not let the world share in your happiness? We post our new job offers, our cars, our graduation announcements; but we seem to think twice before posting our relationships, why is that?

I’m currently in a relationship and it’s still relatively new. We argue, like normal people do. He probably pisses me off at least once a day because his attention span and my patience are both far too short. We curse and we get loud but at the end of the day, we smile a thousand times more than we frown and I want the world to know that. We brag about each other simply because we’re happy, and you should never feel inclined to hide happiness.

Darshay K. Lampley is a Broadcast Journalism major and Creative Writing minor at Jacksonville State University. Upon graduating, she anticipates a lucrative career in the entertainment industry. Darshay is an entertainment journalist, on-air radio personality, and is currently writing her first book. Darshay believes that her ambition along with her strong faith in God will lead her down the pathway to success. "God is within her, she will not fail." Psalm 46:5

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