My wife just finished the last class of her Master's degree in Marriage and Family therapy. She's been on a long road to her career, and now she's finally found her true calling and is giving it her all. I'm very proud of her and thrilled and she's discovered what she wants to do with her abundant talents and innate gifts. This milestone left me reflecting on how different our lives had become, not only since meeting each other, but year by year. I can't express how much it's meant to me to have a partner who always my back, no matter what. When we moved back to Baltimore from Denver and had no jobs lined up, she let me build a studio in our basement, on credit, despite that being an outwardly terrible idea. But, it allowed me to finish Random Battles' full length, and when I finally developed the courage, to start putting myself out there as a voice actor. It was a bit a long game, and an uncertain one at that, but I never got any flack for it.
It also helps that we have so many common interests. We both play in bands around town, including the fun one-off groups we assemble for Windup nights. She also acts on Meanwhile, at the Skull Base as XSV-15, among others, and knocks it out of the park every time (I daresay she might be a better voice actor than I am, but don't tell her I said that). Hell, our activities dovetail so much, that even though she's the one with the degree in operatic vocals, I'm the one who most recently performed an opera (as a narrator, but I digress).
It's invaluable to have someone in my life that not only understands what I do, but encourages and nourishes it. I don't think I could have come this far without the love, support, and understanding of my partner. As cliche as it sounds, where there's love, anything is possible.