For my whole life, I never had a girlfriend. People could laugh at me all they want, but I refused to give up on my ideals when it came to love. I had always pictured a first encounter where I knew right away she was my destined one. After several chance run-ins, we would exchange numbers. Then we would hang out together on the weekends. Only once we’ve grown close enough would it be time for a real date. I wouldn’t have accepted any love that didn’t develop like a storybook romance. Picking up girls at a club or going on blind dates was out of the question for me. And so was arranged dates. How could it be romantic when someone else set you up? I had stood unwavering in my beliefs for my entire life. Until, that is, when the words of a certain girl turned my view on love inside-out.