Originally Posted by nicothoe
Four relationships, from the old and established, to sparkly and spanking new! Each one is different, and all affecting me in different ways. Eventually new relationships fall into the pattern of the old. The Eros (passion) diminishes, and is replaced with Agape (love), Storge (affection) and Philia (friendship)
Please don't forget that the eros in an established relationship is well capable of re-igniting, even after decades together. Sometimes changes you both go through make you over into different people, and this can make you see them thru new eyes and make them super exciting all over again. And vice versa.
ERI doesn't have to be a slow deep river. Rapids and charming waterfalls can crop up at any time, if you don't allow yourselves to stagnate into a swampy backwater marsh.
Love withers under constraint; its very essence is liberty. It is compatible neither with envy, jealousy or fear. It is there most pure, perfect and unlimited when its votaries live in confidence, equality and unreserve. -- Shelley
me: Mags, 58, living with:
miss pixi, 37, who is dating (NRE):