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Dear Imagine Dragons,

I need to write to you in the hope that my story might inspire you to write a love song that will be released before April 2018.

I am 50 years old and just over two years ago my husband of 20 years died. It wasn’t a easy relationship but I stood by him to the end. I then spent the next 18 months trying to find myself.

Then one evening on 24th October 2016 I was on Facebook responding to a post from a friend about Brexit. This was about the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. For weeks after the vote much negativity had been posted by both sides of the argument.

The Remain group made the assumption that the majority of people who voted to leave were racist bigots etc.

I voted to leave Europe not because I’m a racist or for any negative reason at all. In fact I work in the NHS and without immigrants the NHS would collapse overnight. I have lived and worked abroad and I feel that immigrants have helped this country. The only problem we have is the lack of investment in housing and other key infrastructure.

On my friends post I started having a very heated argument with a guy I didn’t even know. But the more we bantered back and forth I felt something. Even though we were both on opposite sides of the Brexit vote I felt drawn to him and I told him that I think we would become good friends and that I was enjoying our argument. He felt the same way too and sent me a friend request. Me and Stephen Drew began chatting privately and we quickly realised that we had more in common.

Over the space of a week our chatting turned into flirting and before we realised it we had fallen in love with each other. We arranged to meet on 5th November (Bon Fire Night in the UK). I was so nervous when the taxi came to pick me up, I was physically shaking. I was scared that he would be disappointed when he saw me in person.

Unfortunately, even though he only lived a few miles down the road from me (I was living in Halifax, West Yorkshire and he lived in Bingley, West Yorkshire) the taxi driver didn’t have a clue where he was going, in the middle of nowhere I ordered him to pull over when I saw another taxi parked up, this taxi driver said he knew where I needed to be so I paid the first taxi driver and then got in the second taxi only to discover he didn’t actually know where he was going either so I asked him to take me to Bingley town centre and drop me off at a taxi rank. I then paid him for his services and got in a third taxi. I was emotionally stressed by this point and close to tears, the third taxi driver reassured me and said he knew where I needed to go and within 5 minutes I was there.

Waiting for me on a cold winters night was Stephen. I paid the taxi driver the biggest tip ever and leapt out of the car. Stephen took me in his arms in that moment all the nervousness and fear I had felt just faded away and when he kissed me I knew I never wanted to be anywhere else but in his arms and I never wanted to kiss another persons lips.

By the end of the weekend we both knew we wanted to be with each other. So I invited him over to stay at my flat for a couple of days. On the second day at the flat I said to him why don’t you move in with me, Stephen felt exactly the same way so he did.

Just after midnight on the 2nd December 2016 I proposed to him, I couldn’t help myself. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with him. Stephen immediately said yes. And when we woke up on 2nd of December he went and bought me the perfect engagement ring.

Then we quickly began looking for a suitable venue and date as we are both atheists and humanists we decided a Church wedding wouldn’t be on the cards but we both wanted it to be somewhere special as we wanted a wedding that celebrated the unique and special connection and love we share. Eventually we found the perfect venue at the right time, 7th April 2018 is the day we are getting married.

We have just moved in to a house in Huddersfield because the flat was too small for all our things and we wanted to start in a fresh place that we could make in to our home.

Every day our love grows as does our passion. Neither of us have ever been in love the way and depth that we love each other and we have never been so happy.

Every day, morning, noon and night we tell each other how much we love each other and how we make each other feel. We kind of have our own love motto. I love you, now, always and forever. An eternity with you will never be enough.

For the first time in my life I hope there is something after this life and if there is I want to spend it with Stephen. No one has ever loved me the way he loves me and makes me feel as happy has he does.

So on our wedding day I couldn’t imagine anything more wonderful than walking down the aisle to an Imagine Dragons track, unfortunately, you haven’t yet released a track that I can use. I love your music, however, the closest is Levitate but it just doesn’t have enough in it about love and passion and wanting and needing to be with that special person that you want to spend an eternity with.

I am hoping my story might help to inspire you.

Love and Best wishes,

Denise