And you will think that you will need them for yourself – to keep your sanity and to make you whole when you are not. To some degree you are right. But your friends will need you to have friends so that when they are broken you can be there for them and not have to figure out childcare, or logistics, because you will be covered by someone else. Your family will need you to have friends, to lift you up and keep you going when they cannot.
There will be so many people who are a part of your life and sometimes if you are lucky they will be the same faces throughout the years. There will be times when you feel like these relationships are work or confusing or inconvenient. They will be. My advice is to push past that, grow with the changes come what may and you will be better for treading water during the rough parts. They will be unlovable, unfixable and unreasonable at varying stages of their lives. Stick by them when they are. You will be unlovable, unfixable and unreasonable at varying stages of your life, which is exactly why, you will need friends.