Psychology student Jana Leonhardt from Germany, wasn’t searching for love when she stumbled across philosophy teacher Peter Heinrich’s YouTube channel three years ago.
The 21-year-old began watching one of his videos, when she realised that she was attracted to him, so decided send him an email.
Within hours, Peter, 48, responded to Jana’s email and they both realised they had a lot in common.
After messaging each other for three months, Peter asked Jana to FaceTime so they could have a more in-depth conversation.
Peter – who lives in Frankfurt, Germany – drove just under 250 miles to Jana’s hometown to meet her for the first time in December 2017.
Although Jana knew she wanted to be in a relationship with him, Peter wasn’t so sure, due to the 27-year age difference.
After two years of casually seeing each other, the pair became official, though their families are not completely on board.
‘I had never dreamed of being with an older man, especially at eighteen years old. I was focused on my education and didn’t have time to think about relationships,’ said Jana.
‘I began watching Peter’s video, when I realised I had started to zone out of what was being said and was focusing on how nice the man in the video came across and how dreamy his voice was.
‘I had never felt a feeling like this before – which was when I realised I really liked him. Infatuation took over and I decided to email him, telling him a little bit about myself and my interest within philosophy.
‘I received an email from him only a few hours later – I couldn’t believe it. As I read his email with a huge smile on my face, I noticed that we had a lot in common and that we shared the same views on a lot of topics.
‘I thought it would have been awkward, but it couldn’t have been easier talking to him. We spoke for hours into the night, where we eventually suggested meeting up in person.
‘I knew my parents wouldn’t approve of me meeting up with someone much older, so I asked him to visit me in my hometown’
When they met, they realised they had an instant connection.
Jana said: ‘I felt love at first sight, and within a few hours of us talking and walking around the city, we kissed.
‘Even though we both fell in love with each other there and then, we still checked to make sure both of us were comfortable with the situation and we agreed to meet up a few more times to make sure it was right.’
Once Jana began university, the couple were able to see each other more freely but Jana’s parents were not too happy with the union.
She explained: ‘I think my relationship has damaged mine with my parents, and Peter’s parents refuse to see us together – but we’re not going to give up on love just because of what they and others think.
‘Although we have our struggles with living so far apart, we have both grown personally within our relationship and we have so much fun together, that he makes me feel on top of the world.
‘I would encourage anyone in an age gap relationship to be open with everyone about it – don’t hide it and be honest. Even if some people won’t accept it, it doesn’t matter what they think, as the most important thing is that you are both happy.
‘Love doesn’t have an age, nor does happiness and I couldn’t picture life without my soulmate by my side.’
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