Modern pop culture often portrays romantic love as the ultimate goal in life. There are hundreds of movies, thousands of novels and ten thousands of songs about finding love.
They all come to the same conclusion: Finding a romantic partner is all you need in your life to be happy forever. Even a dysfunctional relationship is better than being single. Sacrificing things that are important to you is a sign of true love.
Friendship is portrayed as inferior to a romantic relationship as if friends could never be as close as lovers. Your partner should always come before your friends. Spending time with your partner is more important than spending time with friends.
This is complete bullshit.
Hollywood sells you pretty lies about soulmates, everlasting love and happy relationships without putting the work in. Friends are just there to help set you up for a relationship. Or your friend is secretly in love with you.
This goes as far as people feeling unhappy just because they aren´t in a relationship all the time. Or staying in a dysfunctional relationship because they fear being alone. Even though they are surrounded by friends who care about them and their wellbeing.
Romantic relationships are overrated if you have at least one good friend on your side. Everyone needs friends who support them.
Starlord wouldn´t be able to save the universe without the Guardians of the Galaxy.
The Avengers would have died without the help of their teammates during the first movie.
Captain America went to war for his best friend.
War Machine saved Iron Man´s ass several times.
Black Widow beat Hawkeye back to consciousness after Loki´s brainwashing.
Even the strongest superheroes need friends who have their back to succeed. All the success, money and power in the world means nothing if you don´t have friends to share with.
You can not chose your family but you can chose your friends, so chose them wisely.
You don´t need someone in your life who tries to keep you down or whose presence makes you feel bad. Those are toxic friendships and you need to cut them off immediately. It may hurt first but it is healthier for you in the long run.
But if you are surrounded by people who make you feel stronger than yesterday and whose company you enjoy you have found your team.
Never neglect your friends for a romantic partner! A good friend is worth a hundred times more than a mediocre romantic relationship. Best friends are forever.
“How are you guys planning on beating him?”
“Then we´ll do that together, too.”