We often hear the word “love” and we quickly ascribe it either to a romantic relationship or a sibling / family-like affair. It takes a second to consider that the love of, and for, a friend is no less substantial or meaningful; and it is a sustaining thing if you allow it.
I dislike that stutter-step. I dislike the slow degradation that friendship has taken in our society. Friends are important, they’re “the thing” (you ‘roll’ with your crew, you drink together, sport together, commiserate together), but when you meet your “one” then all bets are off, friends are set aside, that love is forgotten.
Don’t forget it. That’s not to say you should buy into the belief that your romantic relationships will fail and you’ll need your friends again (it could happen, but that’s a negative driver). Love your friends, have intense love and care for them, because they matter.
All love matters.
 Vernon, Mark. “What is love?” Aeon Magazine. 13 February 2013.