In the beginning of the movie “Up in the Air,” George Clooney’s character, a business consultant specializing in “letting people go,” talks about carrying a backpack. He asks a group of professionals attending his seminar the following question:
How much does your life weigh? Imagine for a second that you’re carrying a backpack. I want you to pack it with all the stuff you have in your life…start with the little things…Now I want you to fill it with people…Make no mistake, your relationships are the heaviest components of your life…The slower we move the faster we die. Make no mistake, moving is living. Some animals were meant to carry each other to live symbiotically over a lifetime. Star crossed lovers, monogamous swans. We are not swans. We are sharks.