Romantic Relationships or Friendships?

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Among the many, many intriguing themes that the superb Before Midnight brings up is the  question of what brings the most happiness: romantic relationships or friendships? One of the characters tells a story about their grandmother who wrote a long letter on her deathbed essentially saying that she got the most happiness in her life not out of her marriage but from her work and her friends. f I got to say, it is a hard one to “resolve” (if there is indeed a correct answer, which I doubt there is). I would not trade my friendships for the world–with my friends I talk about everything from politics to religion to weddings to bad television. The list goes on! After hanging out with them I feel so alive and reinvigorated! Then again, romantic relationships are special enough in themselves to have writers, singers, and artists inspired by them for millennia!

What say you, readers?

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2 thoughts on “Romantic Relationships or Friendships?

  1. Personally, I like my romantic relationship best. I can be myself more with him than I ever could with my friends. Not that friendship isn’t important, of course. I just feel like a good romantic relationship shares all the qualities of friendships with an added element. So it’s like a super friendship.

    But maybe I’m just weird. 🙂

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