I don’t believe in letting another person become so vital that you can say they make your life worth living for. I see that as a dangerous thing since people are fallible and have a limitless ability to disappoint - intent notwithstanding.
At the same time, when someone is in your life in a way that grows a deep attachment, it’s hard not to be influenced by them - particularly in a positive way if that’s the nature of the relationship.
I used to look at this concept as a signal of unhealthy dependency on another individual for happiness and contentment.
But I have a different take now - spurred on by my son’s birth. He’s the first person I would have said this about. Because he truly is worth living for and I recognize, through this change in my perspective, that I feel exactly the same about my husband.
Their presence in my life makes me want to live my life to the fullest. To experience the things I enjoy about life and take risks that will help me be fulfilled and - hopefully - become a better person. In fact, I can’t limit this feeling to Matt and Brandon. It’s how I feel about all of my family.
What better gift can you give the people you love the most than a well-rounded, content and fulfilled self to share with them?