“To love is good, too: love being difficult. For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks, the ultimate, the last test and proof, the work for which all other work is but preparation…Love is a high inducement to the individual to ripen, to become something in himself, to become world for himself for another’s sake, it is a great exacting claim upon him, something that chooses him out and calls him to vast things.”
-Ranier Maria Rilke
This is my favorite Rilke quote and it rings so true. Your near and dear inspire you to be the best version of yourself that you can be. Because of your love for them, you find the courage to make important changes and better decisions. Love makes us persevere. It gives us sure feet and rocket fuel. The bonds of marriage and family set us free because they unleash all the fierceness of familial devotion to expand past imagined limits and to create more interesting stories.