The best things in life are shared. Venice, Italy. 2009

As life goes on inexorably forward like a juggernaut into the future, I find myself thinking about how it’s the people in my life, rather than where I am or what I have, that gives me the most joy.

I’ve done a lot a traveling by myself and while I have enjoyed it, I’ve found that as I’ve grown older, sharing experiences with someone who I care about enhances the experience exponentially. Epicurus once said, “We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink, for dining alone is leading the life of a lion or wolf”.

I first started thinking about this over thirty years ago and nowadays when I see older couples it warms my heart to know that as the pleasures of the flesh become less distracting, the real basis of a relationship, that of sharing experience with someone you care about, comes to the fore.