For me, these bicycle tracks on the beach are a visual metaphor for relationships. There are people to whom we stay close for long periods, while we interact with others from a distance. Events seem as likely to bring us together as they are to move us apart. While it would be easy to infer that long-term relationships have a higher significance or greater meaning, I have experienced brief encounters that changed the direction I was heading, so length does not equate to impact.
Monica and I like to say that when things are going well, we are in relationship and when they are not we’re in relations**t. Our goal is to have a lot more “ship” and a lot less s**t.