To Be Loved

“To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” - Timothy Keller

Marriage is by far the best thing that has ever happened to me.

Sometimes, I sit and stare in awe at my husband - wondering why I was picked...what I did to deserve such a gift. My husband is so incredibly loving, joyful, peace-seeking, forgiving, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled, patient, calm, diligent, loyal, humble, supportive, and honest.

You know what blows my mind the most... that he comes from a long line of men like him - who seem to just keep getting better and more amazing as each generation passes. It seems almost unreal, that one day I will raise his son, who will be even more phenomenal than he is.

I get butterflies thinking about it.

I love that man.

When we got married he told me he wanted me to give me a gift - "take 6 months off to do and pursue whatever you want and I will support and take care of you."

It was then that I stumbled into photography.

It's very likely that I never would have otherwise, because I was on a completely different trajectory - pursuing what I thought I was supposed to.

But see, this is the power of love - it digs into the deepest parts of you and uncovers those things that you hid (maybe out of fear, maybe out of self-preservation, maybe because the world simply told you that wasn't the best thing for you) - it takes every beautiful insecurity that makes you, you, and embraces, celebrates, and empowers you to be everything (and I do mean everything) you were meant to be regardless of the cost.

It truly is an exciting and liberating experience - - to be loved.

- Kamilah

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