Friendship is like a different kind of oxygen. People need friendship just as much as they need to breathe. We don’t do well alone. We are built for life with others. We need to experience life with other people. We have to have care and affection in our lives. And that is what friends are for.
We actually need people who are “just friends” as much, and even more, than we need romantic relationships. Though “just friends” is tough to hear when you’re hoping for much more. But let’s not let the term “just friends” minimize friendship. I promise you there is nothing minimal about real friendship. Everyone needs it. You need it, and without it, you are incomplete.