The thing I’ve struggled with lately, or at least questioned intensely, is where the border is between different types of love. Ideally, your partner is supposed to be your best friend and lover… but where do you cross the line from friend to partner?
Sex is usually given as the answer, but then “friends with benefits” exist and muddy those waters. If it’s not that, then what is it that separates your significant other from your others?
Related to that, (a) why do we go straight for romance without going through friendship first, and (b) if the intention was romance, and at least one party didn’t feel the same, can both parties truly remain friends?