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The bus service in our village is pretty dire (I do have a point to all this). If you're in the city centre and miss the bus home by a few minutes, you have to wait another hour to catch the next one. When the buses arrive, they're always late and the drivers take pleasure in scooting away when they see you in their rear view mirror, running breathlessly to catch the bus. To make matters worse, the buses don't even come all the way to the village. They stop about 8 minutes away, leaving you to walk the rest of the way home - with your shopping bags.
A friend of mine went into the city centre to do some shopping, and imagine his delight when he stepped out of the last shop and noticed the bus pull up to its stop about 100 yards down the road. He raced after it, jumped on, ran upstairs (they're double-decker buses) and slouched down into the front seat, thinking how lucky he'd been. His wife was at home with the young kids, waiting until he returned, so that she could go out with some friends.
When he got home, it wasn't until his wife asked him for the car keys, that he remembered he'd driven into town - yes, in the car! The excitement of seeing the bus, something scarce and mostly out-of-reach, made him forget he'd taken the trusted-but-familiar car into town.
When you fall in love do all you can to stay in love. Falling in love is just the beginning. You haven't fallen out of love just because love begins to feels well-worn, 'normal' and 'familiar'. The Falling in love stage, relatively speaking, is only fleeting. Don't let the absence of 'excitement' con you into thinking you're no longer in love. Find your spark again, and like the guy with the bus, remember that the initial excitement of having something out-of-reach will soon wear off when you consider your tried-and-tested, sound and familiar companion right beside you.
Don't go off looking for what you've already got.
Do you sometimes feel (now or in the past) like your relationship is/was becoming stale?
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This post is linked to Thursday Two questions over at Self Sagacity.