I know there was a time when I was love-mad. But I can hardly remember it.
Do you remember the kind of love that made you feel off the charts, manic if things were going well and then so low you were below bottom if things weren’t going well?
THAT kind of love. Oh, I remember it. Even if I can’t make those love-mad feelings reappear.
Well, here’s the fact, maybe even a sad fact: When we grow up we just don’t have the stomach for this kind of love-madness. We want slippers, a robe and a pipe. We want Hallmark Movie Channel and badly-behaving housewives reality programming on the DVR. We want…comfort.
Yes, young and energetic romantics, this is what happens as people age and yes, it will happen to you, too. You might be love-mad now, but give yourself a decade or two and see how you feel. Ok, maybe three or four decades. (I matured rather late in that regard.) But you will outgrow it.
The truth is that I don’t much miss that love-mad craziness that maturity eradicated. It takes a lot of energy to be up and down so many times and I can find better uses for that energy today.
“I’ll love you with all the madness of my soul” is a line that could only be written by a young person and I’m glad one did. But I’m equally glad those days are over for me.
You? Ever been love-mad? Are you still?