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Stuart Peck is a freelance writer and video producer who specializes in outdoor, travel, corporate and commercial messaging and branding.  He has written for national magazines, video copy for healthcare and other corporate videos.  He also provides production support for commercials and TV shows.  

It takes a special person

With every adventure... we're adding to our wall.  She looks happy in all our pictures (I think she's actually enjoying the crazy things we do).

When I met my wife, I will admit, one of the things I thought pretty soon after we started dating was ‘awesome, now I have a climbing partner’ - I didn’t tell her that... but that’s what I was thinking.  We dated and did a good deal of climbing. Even now, most of the time when I bring up the idea of taking yet another trip to go climbing her response is almost always positive.  Occasionally, she’ll even bring up the idea of taking a weekend trip, which makes me think she may actually enjoy our not-so-normal hobbies.

So what exactly does true love look like?  In my case, it looks like a woman who puts up with my crazy antics and ideas.  It’s a person who stands by and rolls her eyes when I suggest we take a five day hike as a way to celebrate our anniversary.  I’ve met some women who shutter at the thought of even standing outside for extended periods of time.  My wife didn’t shower for five days while we hiked in the 95 degree heat and slept on the ground... and we didn’t get a divorce after that trip was over, to me that’s true love.  

It takes a special person to hang off the side of a cliff and still smile at the end of the day and say ‘I had a good time’.  It takes a special person to sleep outside, get up at 6:00 a.m. and walk all day, on a Saturday, when she could be sleeping in until 10:00 in a climate controlled room.  I’m 100% sure I’ve found that special person.    

We have a wall in our house with photos from our big adventures.  It’s small now... but growing.  I often times find myself standing in front of it, as a I brush my teeth at night, looking at the pictures and smiling.  We’re happy in each one of them.  I think I’ve found a keeper. What’s true love look like to you?  It’s completely different for each person.