It’s really something how intrusive people can be into our lives, isn’t it? Many times, these well-intentioned folks are “just trying to help.” As we all know, however, trying to help can often not end up helping at all or even make things worse. Rachel Pedersen, a social media marketer, found this out shortly after she got married. She and her husband eloped after a brief courtship and her shiny new ring was a testament to her shiny new marriage.
But neither she nor her husband had much money at the time. Rachel’s doing just fine right now but people seem puzzled that despite her success, her ring hasn’t suddenly gotten much heavier or fancier. The reason was simple, actually. For Rachel, her ring wasn't a status symbol. It was something much more important. She finally had enough of the criticism and decided to take things to Facebook to settle the matter, once and for all.
Well, maybe she was just trying to settle the matter with her well-meaning friends and family. Instead, she got about 10 million people rushing to hear her story. The original Facebook post has reached almost 200,000 likes and counting. Thousands of people have commented on her story and even shared photos of their own rings and why they’re so special.
We’ll let Rachel tell her own story from here on out.
“Yes, I know that my wedding ring is small.
Friends and family often ask me when I'm going to have it "upgraded"... After all, it doesn't represent the level of success we are achieving. I've even had one person say "you could wear a bigger ring for important events, so people don't think you're not successful." Wait a minute... Since when did the size of someone's ring become an indication of success?!”
“For me, the ring is SO much more.
My ring symbolizes a whirlwind, storybook, "make you sick" love story... It reminds me of how my husband and I met and fell in love in one night at a Perkin's diner. He worked as a window washer, and I was a single mother. One short week later, and we professed our love to one another, him leading the conversation. We couldn't stop dreaming of our future, so excited to have a baby, buy a house, and fall asleep together every night.
We couldn't wait for the future. So we didn't. 13 days after meeting, we eloped. I didn't even THINK about a ring until my husband surprised me before the ceremony. He drained his savings to gift me with a small token of his love. I say small, only because it pales in comparison with how big his love is, even now, after years of marriage.
That, my friends, is success to me.”
Check out this video from Rachel's local news station, where she and her husband share the story of their elopement.
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H/T: Rachel Pedersen