Passion vs steadiness

Normal people are not always boring. On the contrary. Volatility and passion, although often more romantic and enticing, are not intrinsically preferable to a steadiness of experience and feeling about another person (nor are they incompatible). These are beliefs, of course, that one has intuitively about friendships and family; they become less obvious when caught up in a romantic life that mirrors, magnifies, and perpetuates one’s own mercurial emotional life and temperament. It has been with pleasure and not-inconsiderable pain, that I have learned about the possibilities of love – it’s steadiness and it’s growth – from my husband, the man with whom I have lived for almost a decade.

  • Pg. 170, An Unquiet Mind, ISBN – 978-0-679-76330-7, Kay Redfield Jamison
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