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.

6 thoughts on “The best things in life are shared. Venice, Italy. 2009”

  1. …the real basis of a relationship, that of sharing experience with someone you care about, comes to the fore.

    My parents have just reached that stage I think. They seem to spend an ever increasing amount of time exploring the world and taking lots of photos to prove it.

  2. Locust

    Good to see your return. My parents are doing the same thing.

    Donald

    I think it’s the dialogue that comes from sharing things that I enjoy so much.

  3. Razz – too true. Companionship is a gift. What you quote from Epicurus is interesting because I feel that way about cooking, as I’m sure you do. The food isn’t half as good if you don’t have people to share it with.

  4. Well said!

    A shared memory is sometimes twice as good as a sole one.
    … someone can you remind you about it later too!

  5. Epic

    Like ole Babs sang, “people, who need people, are the luckiest people, in the world”.

    Ross

    My wife and I have gotten into the habit of shouting out, “been there!” Whenever we see somewhere on the TV, where we’ve been to, and it makes us both laugh.

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