“Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing.” ~ William Congreve in Love for Love
As folks know, I’m a college professor, and my actual specialty is Restoration drama, so William Congreve is one of my favorite writers. I read this line today and laughed out loud.
I’m not so sure I fully agree with Congreve. I’m not actually sure I agree at all, but in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, I will agree with him today.
Of course, he was talking about love and the chase. In the conventions of Restoration literature, once the chase was over, the relationship grew stale, but I’d like to expand this to life. And I don’t mean basic security is overrated. People must have the security of a roof over their head, food in their bellies and a sense of personal safety. That I have, and I couldn’t do without it.
But there is something to be said about living life without a net–being open to new experiences and ready to up and move on at the end of a semester. Who knows what’s out there?
I find, though, after a while, I do crave the security. But since at the moment, I don’t have it, I shall label it “insipid” and cut a fine dash in true Restoration manner.