I met Cole when I was very young and not even remotely thinking about finding someone that I would spend the rest of my life with. We were both eighteen years old and working at a summer camp. I’d worked there for the last five summers already and he had come all the way across the world from New Zealand to spend a year in Canada working at this camp as his “gap year” between highschool ending and potentially going to university a year later. It wasn’t “love at first sight” by any means (in fact, he came off a bit rude when I first met him, hahah), but I definitely grew to like him more and more as we spent more time together. After only a few weeks of knowing each other, we were officially in a relationship with NO idea what the future would bring, considering we were from opposite sides of the world.
Cole was supposed to return home to New Zealand at the end of that year, but instead he cancelled his flight and stayed, and we moved into a house with some friends in a ski town for the winter. After that, we went back to work at the camp for a few months before galavanting off to Europe for a couple of months. Honestly, at this point, I think we were just looking for ways to prolong our time together, because when you’re 18 years old and in a relationship with someone who is from the other side of the world, things really don’t seem like they’ll last forever.
After Europe, we moved to New Zealand for a year and a half to live with Cole’s family and spend time with them and his friends. I think it was here that we both realized we were in this for the long haul- I mean, I had just followed this guy to the other side of the world and given up everything I had at home… and I knew that I would do it all over again if I had to. Since then, we’ve happily lived in Vancouver together and we travel back to New Zealand once every year or so to visit everyone. We are definitely in it to win it when it comes to our relationship, and I definitely know that regardless of how complicated the distance of our hometowns have made and will inevitably make things in future, he is the one.
I know that not everyone is as lucky as we are to have basically had our “one” fall into our laps when we least expected it. There are some people who will go to truly crazy lengths to find their match and I am SO interested in hearing about these trials and tribulations of online dating, blind dates and matchmaking done by friends/family. In fact, one of my most favorite TV shows is all about finding “the one” and I am obsessed with it!
I’ve been watching Are You The One? since it first aired in January of last year- it’s seriously addicting. Cole even watches it with me… that’s how good it is! Haha. Ten men and ten women are chosen by relationship experts to join the show, and each person there has a perfect match (based on all different aspects of their lives and needs and wants in a relationship). They all live in a house together and the goal is to find their perfect matches- and if everyone single person finds their perfect match by the tenth match-up (which happens at the end of each episode), then they win a million bucks to split between them.
Can you see how it’d be addicting? Reality TV lovers will go CRAZY over this- seriously, if you haven’t watched it and you like any form of reality TV… this is the one for you. ;) People like me that are already addicted to Are You The One?- do you play the AYTO game during the live episodes?! You really should, because by answering questions about your fave (okay, and least fave too, ahah) characters, you could potentially win a trip for 2 to Hawaii. Um, yes please.
Are You The One? airs on MTV every Wednesday at 10est/9cst. You can also watch missed episodes on the MTV site! Make sure you play the game during live episodes for a chance at winning a trip for 2 to Hawaii.
Have you been watching this season of AYTO? If so, do you have any match predictions yet? My mind was BLOWN last episode for sure.