In the nearly seven years that Nick and I have been a couple, you’d imagine that there’s been some influence on each other’s interests. Sure, we still remain basically the same people that met in 2007, but I see things as small as mannerisms and sayings all the way to entirely new interests that have been changed since we began dating.
For me, I’m a huge music fan. In fact, as I’m writing this post, I’m listening to one of my 27 playlists on Spotify. (Here’s the slow evening playlist I’m listening to at the moment.) Nick is the first one to admit that he knew nothing about popular music when we started dating. Since then, we’ve shared CDs, mp3s and many, many concert experiences. I even caught him listening to Lorde yesterday. I think I’m doing my job just fine.
One of the things I’ve gained from through our relationship is the ability to critique. After attending our first play together, Nick went on and on and I stood there stunned. I started to snap at him, wondering why he was complaining so much. He explained that he enjoyed talking about things he just experienced, that it was something his family did all the time. Being someone who usually just took things as they were and moved on, I didn’t understand it at first. But now? I love picking apart a movie that we’ve just watched, or talking about a TV show and feeling like I don’t have to necessarily love it.
Growing up, I watched A LOT of TV. Not in a bad way, it’s just something that I enjoyed doing with my family. Not only that, but we watched lots of reruns. Nick didn’t understand just flopping on the couch and flipping channels mindlessly. Now, he loves to marathon shows on Netflix. He loves watching Food Network (Cutthroat Kitchen, specifically) and even sitcoms (just don’t ask him how he feels about the HIMYM finale.)
Instead of TV, Nick loved theater. An actor himself, he loved seeing live stage productions, which is something I wasn’t really used to when we started dating. In fact, I had never seen a musical (other than Disney), much to Nick’s surprise. He quickly converted me into a musical theater lover. To date, we’ve seen no less than 8 different productions, and those are just nationally touring acts on stage. If we’re on a long road trip, you could definitely find us singing along to the Avenue Q or Les Miserables soundtrack. And that’s all thanks to Nick.
Some interests have not been so easily shared. My love of baseball and football has slowly crept in Nick’s direction, and now he loves watching the Texans on Sundays (though a love of baseball seems to be mine and mine alone.) While Nick’s nerdy nature has definitely latched on in the form of superhero movies and sci-fi TV, I’m absolutely awful at video games and can totally admit to my non-existent skills.
Still though, we try for each other. Because we’re stuck with each other for life. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.