I've heard that romantic love fades over the years and is replaced by more of a mutual companionship. Apparently it's somewhat normal to stop being passionate about your spouse, but it's OK as long as the two of you want to still hang out together and rely on each other.
I don't know if I buy that concept. Why shouldn't two people stay in love forever? Is it impossible for a married couple to retain a sense of passion and deep love for one another? I guess an even more important question — or at least as it pertains to my particular situation — is if this is what has happened in my marriage. We haven't even been married for 10 years yet. Is it already time for us to slip into the companionship role instead of being madly in love?
I know there is no definitive answer, and it's probably entirely different from one couple to another. I just often wonder if the rigors of maintaining a marriage, raising children, and handling jobs always have to pull couples further from each other. It seems to me that true love would be the basis that made a couple more of a team, and therefore love wouldn't be affected detrimentally as the years passed. If anything, love should become stronger as the years roll on, shouldn't it?
It's not as if I expect insane, ridiculous passion on a continual basis within my marriage, but sometimes I have a hard time trying to figure out what exactly constitutes solid love.