Meeting someone new is exciting. You can say anything, be anything. You are a clean slate to each other. Maybe they find your quirks charming. Maybe they think your smile is sweet. You can talk for hours. They’ve never heard the jokes you’ve told a million times. They’re intrigued by the stories that your friends are tired of hearing. You feel smart, funny, interesting. There’s so much to discover when you’re learning each other.
What about when you already know someone? You’ve taken the time and learned them. It’s a feeling incomparable to the rush you feel when you first meet someone. Knowing a person is feeling completed by that person and vice versa. You know the joke they’re going to add to the conversation before they even tell it. They know that when you ask for one piece of pizza, you actually want two. They know the words you mutter in your sleep and why you squeeze their hand three times. They just get it. That’s the bond that lasts. It’s really that simple.