Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rose coloured glasses

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss
Artist: Antonio Canova
The original tragic love story.
Can't you just feel the passionate anticipation they were doomed to endure for eternity?
I wish I could see the world through rose coloured glasses.  Living a life of ignorant bliss.

By reading my last post, you'll see that in some ways I do. Based on my track record, I tend to believe that if you dream it, it will come.

Unfortunately, that blind optimism doesn't carry over to the rest of my life.  For some reason, I can never quite ignore that empty half of the glass. 


As much as I may complain and moan about the trials and tribulations and stress and drama in my life, I suspect that I might not want it any other way.  That life would be boring if life was easy.
Maybe that's why my favourite loves stories and the most imperfect, tragic ones: Love in the Time of Cholera, Great Expectations, The Time-Traveller's Wife, and (my all-time favourite) Wuthering Heights:

...Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living! You said I killed you--haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe--I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul! 

Can you get more dysfunctionally romantic than that? 

Maybe that's why Miss Havisham's glasses never quite caught on.  Because while we may think we want that perfect life and perfect love story, what we really want is quite the opposite. We all want the dysfunctional romantic and passionate life that you just can't have when you're wearing rose coloured glasses.

That's why on this freezing, snowy Valentine's day weekend, I am looking forward to curling up with a great book and a box of kleenex.  The only problem? I'm fresh out of tragic love stories.

So let's trade.  You tell me yours and I'll give you mine.  Tell me which book to read next.  Leave a comment below and subscribe to my blog (so I can contact you if you win).  The most convincing recommendation will win a copy of Wuthering Heights…even if you've read it before, you know you want to read it again.

Contest closes on Tuesday, February 14th.

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