About Time // A Love Story

What if you had the ability to go back in time and relive any moment in your past just to get it right? Would you do it? Or what if you could go back and change how you reacted to a specific moment knowing it would change your future in a way you thought was better? Would you try it? In his latest film, About Time, Richard Curtis {creator of Love Actually and Notting Hill} offers a look at the possibility of doing just that, searching for and finding love, and learning to cherish every moment in life while we can.

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My husband and I are the same age and grew up in the same area of Los Angeles nearly our entire young adult lives. We went to schools literally minutes apart, frequented the same football games, carnivals, and even the same mall {I worked at Wet Seal}, yet we didn’t meet until we were 27 years old. What about all those moments in time up until then? With all the possible chance encounters we could have had, what took us so long to connect?

Some days are so good, you want to relive them forever. Others you can barely get through to the end.

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In 2003, after a messy breakup, I moved into an apartment building with my cousin and quickly became friends with nearly everyone who lived in the Melrose Place-like complex. It was the perfect place to start my life over, filled with people I am still friends with today. I didn’t know it yet, but my future husband lived there too.

I moved in a few weeks after my cousin had already gotten settled {I was waiting for the internet} and as I walked in through the gate and open courtyard, wearing green short shorts and checkered Vans, and carrying my last box of stuff, I nearly stopped dead in my tracks when I saw a guy chatting with a young boy in front of one of the units. A rush washed over my entire being and for a moment I thought I new “him”.

As I walked near though I realized I didn’t actually know this person at all, but we exchanged smiles and hellos as I walked to the apartment right upstairs from his. In the following six months, he and I became best friends, waiting for the other to return home from work to chat the rest of the day away with other friends coming and going as well.

I immediately felt safe and at home when we were together and it was so refreshing to just get to know each other as friends… even though I had felt like I had known him since I was thirteen years old, I felt like I could be “me” with him. It was so comfortable a relationship that it eventually turned romantic, and the rest is history. The following year we moved in together and two years later we eloped and got married. We just celebrated our seven year wedding anniversary and have been best friends for ten years now.

But I often wonder What if we would have met at one of the events we were both at when we were naive teenagers… or had we met and we just didn’t remember? I sometimes feel like if we could have just met each other first, when we were young, we would have gotten to skip over some truly miserable relationships in between. But what if the past relationoships and those special circumstances were the actual moments in time that brought us closer together and it all happened exactly how it was supposed to? Sometimes I wish I could travel back in time to meet him then… I’m giddy just thinking about it.

As a huge fan of Love Actually, Notting Hill, Four Weddings and a Funeral, AND Bridget Jone’s Diary, there’s no possible way I won’t see this movie… and I’m looking forward to watching it one hundred times more after that. I literally tear up just watching the trailer for About Time

In theaters November 1, 2013

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This post is sponsored by Universal Pictures. But the story is all mine.

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

8 Comments

  • Celestine

    October 24, 2013 | Reply

    Those are some of my husband’s and my favorite movies too! He actually turned me on to Notting Hill and does a great interpretation of Hugh’s “Horse and Hound” scenes. We saw the trailer for “About Time” last weekend and put it on our “too see list”.

    Thanks for sharing your adorable love story. I too am living one and everyday day life just gets sweeter.

  • Cristen

    October 24, 2013 | Reply

    B&B Theatres did a free preview of the movie last night in several of their theaters and it was ABSOLUTELY amazing! Can’t wait for you to see it- you are going to love it!

  • Cheers! Cristalia

    October 24, 2013 | Reply

    I’ve been with my high-school sweetheart for 10 years and although we had a long distance relationship for many years (while in college) we always had strong communication and I believe is part of what kept us together. I love this kind of stories and can’t wait to watch the movie. Thanks for sharing! -Cristalia

  • Amber B

    October 24, 2013 | Reply

    I met my husband during my senior year of high school and we often wonder why we didn’t meet sooner. We had so many of the same friends even though he was a year under me in school. Wouldn’t it be nice to just rewind and watch to see if you did meet or there were just a bunch of near misses! Also just wanted to let you know I love the new website layout. I normally read blog posts in a reader but clicked over to check it out!

  • Felicia

    October 24, 2013 | Reply

    There was a joke on “The Mindy Project” a few weeks back about how she only likes to watch Rachel McAdams’ rom-coms (ie. nothing too intellectual) and I laughed because that’s how I like my movies too. Then the next day I saw this movie preview and laughed more because after I saw it I was SOOOOEXCITED for it to come out, HAHAHA!

  • Leala

    October 27, 2013 | Reply

    I hadn’t seen a trailer for this movie before now but now I am so looking forward to it! For sure going to be a perfect date night!

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