When I was younger I lived in a world of intense emotion, always bouncing between extreme highs and lows. I married very young and I missed the normal process of discovering who I really was so I was searching for the place that felt right.
It has taken my entire life but I am now feeling a calm strength that I can only call temperance. It is like the metal that is made stronger by the temperature of the heat it is forged with.
To be more moderate and finding that middle ground has helped me to know my true self. Even when I slip back into some form of excess I can center myself and regain my balance. That is the place that I find peace and joy.