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話題の提供: Opposites attract (sometimes)

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Nov. 7th, 2009 | 08:23 am

In general, do you find yourself more attracted to people with similar or different interests, life experiences, political beliefs, and religious backgrounds? Do you think having some common interests/goals is essential for a successful relationship?

To be honest, I find myself attracted to people with similar interests and experiences. Reason being is that they can understand a certain aspect of my life that can (and often is) difficult to explain to others. Not impossible, just time consuming and difficult. I think this is a major reason why many educators end up marrying other educators. Many people just don't understand the mentality of a teacher. They think they do, but they really don't, unless you are dedicated to the profession.

As for relationships, I think sharing some common ground may help build a stronger relationship. But this is just from my perspective. I know that there are couples out there who enjoy the differences of their partner more than the commonalities, but too many differences for me is a problem. I was in a relationship with someone where we did not meet eye to eye on anything and ended up fighting all the time. The results were contempt for the relationship on both sides. I don't regret the relationship, because I learned from it, but I cannot say I enjoyed being in it.

Strangely enough, people have different views and this is just my view on relationships. What I say and what others do it different and I am grateful for that as well. If we were all completely alike, it would be a boring world and there would be no drama. Books would be boring, TV and movies would be boring. All in all, it's the differences that keep us thinking and motivated to learn more about the other. Similarities help, but differences can be inspiring.

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