Cyclic Love Syndrome. Yes, I made it up, but hear me out. You may have heard of cyclic vomiting syndrome and the symptoms are about the same.
It starts like this…
Two people meet. They proceed to:
Fall in lust
Fall in like
Fall in love
Live blissfully for 8.3 seconds
Love and annoy each other for 8.3 months, not always liking each other, but keeping those redeeming moments of lust
Still love each other
Kind of like each other
Question their own sanity
Fall back in love
Fight…over the same thing
Fall back in like
Question their partner’s sanity
Disagree….50 more times
Laugh, lust, like, love…repeat
If you answered no, go back to watching afternoon talk shows, playing scrabble, or eating your 21 grain toast.
For the rest of us, what in the actual fuck? I mean, seriously. This cycle is true for 90% of the couples I know and love and is definitely true for me.
We tend to do this with the same person again and again and again. Why not just call it a day and start annoying somebody new?
I think it’s got something to do with some kind of weird chemistry that connects you to another person. Sure, over time you build a life and memories together which bonds you even more, but it’s more than that. There’s something that draws you back to someone and makes you want to drive them completely insane again and again. If that’s not love, I don’t know anything! (Which is quite possible)
Is there a down side? Absolutely. Sometimes, situations get toxic and unhealthy. If the bad outweighs the good by a lot, it might be time to go ruin someone else’s life. However, most of these relationships have enough redeeming qualities (great sex and inside jokes) to carry on and find some middle ground.
It goes something like this. “Look, you are annoying the ever living fuck outta me and I wanna rock your jaw a solid two times a week, but …
You make me laugh like no one else
You’re quite weird, but so am I
You dance like a fool
I like seeing you naked
We take care of each other
There’s nobody else I’d rather steal the covers from..
and, today, you picked your boxers up off the bathroom floor and put them in the hamper. Yay you! See, progress.”
I have zero doubts that he will do something in the next 5 days to make me want to end his Earthly journey, but until then. Amor.
Now, enjoy some of my favorite TV couples because we’ve got to keep a sense of humor and they’ve helped.
And the most relatable for us personally…