“Age has no reality except in the physical world. The essence of a human being is resistant to the passage of time. Our inner lives are eternal, which is to say that our spirits remain as youthful and vigorous as when we were in full bloom. Think of love as a state of grace, not the means to anything, but the alpha and omega. An end in itself.”
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
Abraham Maslow On Integrity, Spiritual Growth and Self-Actualization
Characteristics of the Self-Actualized Person:
The partnership aspect
Profound interpersonal relationships are another aspect of the self actualized person. Self-actualizing people have deeper and more profound interpersonal relations than other adults. These relationships are more likely to be with others who are also self-actualized. They generally tend to have relatively few friends, but those relationships are deep and very meaningful. It is also found that self-actualizers often have followers or worshippers. The relationship is often one-sided, where the followers wish to have more than the self-actualized individual is willing to give.