Infatuation is instant desire. It is one set of glands calling to another. Love is friendship that has caught fire. It takes root and grows—one day at a time. Infatuation is marked by a feeling of insecurity. You are excited and eager, but not genuinely happy. There are nagging doubts, unanswered questions, little bits and pieces about your beloved that you would just as soon not examine too closely. It might spoil the dream.
Love is quiet understanding and the mature acceptance of imperfection. It is real. It gives you strength and grows beyond you—to bolster your beloved. You are warmed by his or her presence, even when he or she is away. Miles do not separate you. You want him or her nearer. But near or far, you know he or she is yours and you can wait.
Infatuation says, “We must get married right away. I can’t risk losing him or her.” Love says, “Be patient. Don’t panic. Plan your future with confidence.” Infatuation has an element of sexual excitement. If you are honest, you will admit it is difficult to be in one another’s company unless you are sure it will end in intimacy. Love is the maturation of friendship. You must be friends before you can be lovers.
Infatuation lacks confidence. When he or she is away, you wonder if they are cheating on you. Sometimes you even check. Love means trust. You are calm, secure and unthreatened. You feel that trust, and it makes them even more trustworthy.
Infatuation might lead you to do things you’ll regret later, but love never will. Love is an upper. It makes you look up. It makes you think up. It makes you a better person than you were before.
By Ann Landers
What is your experience of love and infatuation?
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