retroactive jealousy and what to do about it.
We all love a good story. Boy meets girl. Boy falls for girl. Girl falls off cliff, leaving Boy loveless and lost. Boy finds potion to revivify girl. Girl comes back to life, but this time as the twisted shadow twin of original Girl. I love the classics… As human beings, the words ‘once upon a time’ are etched into our DNA.
Philip Pullman once said: “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
We might swear that all we want is a sandy beach, a hammock and a margarita, but that’s not true. What we’re really after, is for a gust of wind to hit that hammock, blowing the margarita out of our hands and splashing it straight into the face of a gorgeous, but lonely stranger.
The problem with this urge to create stories is that we never stop doing it.
Not even when it threatens to destroy our relationships.