Exhilarating, relieving, and a little bit terrifying: These are just a few words we might use to describe saying “I love you” for the first time. There’s something undeniably vulnerable about making the depth of your feelings known, especially when you don’t know how your boo will react. Will they eagerly say it back? Or will you be met with a blank stare?
Once you’ve acknowledged that you do, in fact, love someone, a flurry of questions inevitably arises. Is it too soon? Where should you say it? What if they don’t feel the same way? Maybe it slips out of your mouth by accident when bae does something thoughtful. Maybe you suspect that your SO has been wanting to say it, so you decide to be the brave one and declare your true feelings. Or, maybe you realize that neglecting to say it is a far bigger risk. Back in February, in a pitch black hotel room at 2 a.m., my boyfriend of several months suddenly asked: “Do you ever think about how you might not wake up tomorrow?” My mother's home had just been devastated in a fire, and the crisis had undoubtedly brought us closer. Instantly, those three little words instantly came tumbling out of his mouth. As it turned out, both of us were ultimately more scared of regretting not saying it than potentially not hearing it back.
Regardless of what moment inspires you to utter that simple phrase, one thing is for certain: it’s a relationship game-changer. Here’s what the Twittersphere has to say about saying “I love you” for the first time.