Friends are more important than lovers. It is not impossible to combine the two, but it is a rare blend.
I treasure my friendships. They are more important to me, say more about who I am, than any material status symbol. I don't care about flash cars, desirable residences or exotic holidays. I care about having people I love in my life. People who know me well enough to forgive my failings and to applaud my small acts of bravery. People who make me feel good about who I am and who make me smile whenever I think of them.
Friendships are often stronger and more enduring than sexual relationships.
Some lovers can feel threatened by pre-existing friendships.
For those individuals time will always prove them right.