I have always appreciated this quote from The Alchemist because it sums up what I believe is the best part of being in love with someone (or an idea or even a place)... love encourages us to work hard for it and to grow and become our best selves, which imparts positivity and intention on not only our relationships but everything else we do in the world.
I'm very far from a perfect person and may always be, but over the years I know Mike's best traits (patience, kindness, optimism) have rubbed off on me and made me better in those ways. He was the person who most strongly encouraged me to begin selling my artwork, and supported my decision to leave my steady job to pursue creating art full-time. I like to hope that my creativity, energy and curiosity have made him more appreciative of the art and beauty that surrounds us. Our mutual love of traveling, learning and seeking out new experiences has made us great adventure buddies.