Expecting Adam, Martha Beck, page 313-4

His view of the world is quirky and funny and, in its own way, highly sophisticated.  He is unimpressed by pretense and unmoved by convention.  Don’t make the mistake of thinking Adam doesn’t see or understand these things.  He does.  He’s just not interested in making them the foundation for his life.  Power, wealth, prestige, and influence are not his primary concerns.  I always coveted these things because I was under the illusion that they would bring my happiness; Adam goes for the happiness itself, and damn the detours.  I’ve occasionally tried living this way since Adam came along, discarding social conformity and pursuing my heart’s desires.  It is as scary as the most extreme of extreme sports, but even more exhilarating.

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