We have an insatiable need for story. Story is how we understand the world. But our understanding of the world isn't always accurate. The story we tell ourselves about ourselves isn't always true.
"You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders."
Being in a relationship is like looking into one of those funny mirrors at the circus. It shows you who you are, but you're all out of shape in all the wrong places. Fat belly, wide face, long feet. The only problem is, usually the mirror is just fine. It's me who's out of shape.
Like the difference between waking and sleeping, being with you is the life that matters.