“Love Made Me Do It”

Ever done something crazy for your crush? Well, you have company… Read these true stories, and see!

By Matt Christensen

t’s true—love makes you do things you normally wouldn’t do. Guys turn dopey-faced, girls start giggling, and everyone watching them gags in disgust. But, hey, that’s love. What else has the power of love driven people to do? Well, as you’ll see from these stories, quite a bit. Some have happy endings, others don’t (sorry… ), but all show that love can make a person do incredible things…

At bat…
“My girlfriend and I had been together for about three years, and I was sure she was the one I wanted
“The idea of raw fish made me gag.”
to marry. Problem was, I didn’t exactly have enough money to get her a good engagement ring. So, in order to raise funds, I put my collection of baseball cards on eBay. We’re talking a collection that spanned, like, 20 years, thanks to some cards handed down by my dad. I was totally bummed to part with them, because they were so important to me, but I really, really loved this girl. I ended up making more than enough money to pay for a ring. Problem was, when I got down on one knee, she told me that she couldn’t see spending the rest of her life with me. I should’ve stuck with Shoeless Joe Jackson.”
— Owen, 26, Chagrin Falls, OH

Go fish!
“My boyfriend loves going to exotic restaurants. I, on the other hand, am a ‘burger and fries’ girl. I’d always been able to avoid eating anything too disgusting at most of his favorite places, but then he took me to a sushi place. Despite hearing all sorts of good things about sushi, I couldn’t shake the fact that it was raw fish, and honestly gagged whenever I thought about it. My boyfriend really urged me to give it a chance, though, and I trusted his judgment. I picked up a piece of spicy tuna roll, felt my stomach flip over, shoved it into my mouth, and choked it down. I thought I was going to lose it, but stayed calm—it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and my boyfriend really loved the fact that I gave it a chance. Who knew that I would wind up eating sushi??”
— Erin, 32, Salt Lake City, UT

Think before you ink
“Everyone says you should never tattoo a girl’s name on your arm in the name of love. I learned my lesson the hard way. I was so enamored with this girl I dated in college that I marched into the tattoo parlor and had them ink her name on
“She said, Let’s face our fear of heights… together.’”
my left arm. Even the tattoo artist discouraged me. But I wasn’t hearing it. Sure enough, we broke up half a year later, and I had to get her name covered up with some stupid design. What can I say? I’m an idiot.”
— Jordan, 25, Las Vegas, NV

Hitting the right notes
“Normally, I’m super-shy – at least, until I started dating my current boyfriend. He’s very outgoing, and he always invited me to karaoke night with his friends at their local bar. Everyone was getting up to sing except me. After a few drinks—OK, maybe more than a few, I was able to step out of my comfort zone and get on stage for the first time ever. I sang ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ and completely shocked everyone, including my boyfriend, who said it was one of the sexiest things he’d ever seen. Thank you, Jack Daniels and Joan Jett.”
— Dawn, 23, Baltimore, MD

Driving while infatuated
“My boyfriend of a year and four months had to move for his job. It wasn’t dramatically far, but it was still three states over—I was living in Ohio then, and he had to move to Maryland. We talked on the phone, wrote letters, and all that, and I could tell that he was getting increasingly homesick. I decided to surprise him by ducking out of work early one Friday, driving over to see him—it’s about five or six hours, and cheering him up. Turns out I didn’t need to, though, because I showed up at his apartment that night to find him having dinner with a girl he met at work. At least I didn’t need to worry about staying awake on the long drive home—I was too pissed to fall asleep.”
— Jackie, 27, Manhasset, NY

Taking the plunge
“I’m scared to death of heights, flying, even standing on a chair to change a light bulb. Lucky for me, so was my girlfriend. I was perfectly fine being a scaredy-cat, but, for whatever reason, she wanted to face her fear and signed us up to go skydiving together. I don’t know how she convinced me to go, but there I was, up in a plane, with a professional instructor and a parachute strapped to my back. After we both landed, she ran into my arms, thrilled and excited, and said, ‘I’m so glad we did that together. I’ll never forget it’ and we kissed. I was just happy I didn’t throw up!”
— Will, 24, Cleveland, OH

Matt Christensen has written for Maxim and other publications.
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