Life is a journey..... where the beginning is defined by birth and the destination by death. Once we embark on this journey, we cannot change the beginning nor the end. However, what can be changed is only the path taken in that journey. Due to various circumstances in a person's life - some within and some beyond their control, the path gets influenced. Experiences mould one's character along this journey.
Along the journey, we find people who accompany us for various durations - they come along for either brief or comparatively longer periods of time. Most important are those that are there from the beginning - parents and even though they might not be there till the very end of that journey, they certainly have the most influence in our upbringing in the formative years of up to five. Dotted along this journey are friends who make the living memorable through sharing their own course of life. A special person comes along at one point in life who seems to make the world go round.
But in spite of all these external relationships, the most important relationship that we can ever have, is the relationship with self. However, for most, that becomes a ego driven self obsession. Those who can look deeper inside to the inner sanctuary of true beingness, find a feeling of joy and happiness which no other relationships can fulfill. This realisation is what some term as self realisation - where the soul can be found, where mind barriers do not exist and where we feel one with existence itself.