If you've followed my photography, you are familiar with Julie. She was the inspiration behind this crazy journey and found herself in many of my photographs. We met in 2011 and instantly fell in love. We traveled the country, hiked mountains, camped under the stars, ate spicy food, drank IPA's and shared a passion for what was around the bend. She was the love of my life and the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
As time moved forward and we found ourselves moving around the country, our once shared goals became singular. And with a long history behind us, we stuck it out longer than was fair. Slowly the future we once dreamed of began to crumble and reality reared its ugly head. Tears and mistaken words followed and once the dust settled, we were no longer one. The bitterness and questions eventually faded and we were left to follow our own paths.
Julie found an incredible job in Iowa. Her skills as a counselor will continue to blossom and she will have the opportunity to spend more time with family. I have decided to stay in Colorado and continue my photography. The past couple months have been heartbreaking and inspiring. Old friends have allowed me to lean on them for advice and new friends have energized me to pursue a future in this place I call home.
I am excited for the future and at the same time sad to see her go. I’ll miss our friendship the most. Hair dryer guns, pitter-patter feet, spicy meatloaf, extravagant Christmas decorations, Maurices, National Park stamps, standing up to evil bugs, cold feet sock battle and birthday videos. Memories that were uniquely ours and I will look back on fondly.
I was lucky enough to spend five years with a girl named Julie from Iowa. Now I will look forward with clear eyes and an open heart.