When people talk about the “L” word everyone knows they mean “love.”  But aren’t they forgetting about another word that’s just as important?  How about whether you like the person or not?  I think that you have to like someone first, before you can truly love them.  While it is possible to like someone without loving them, I don’t believe that the reverse holds true.  And I think that’s one of the major reasons that so many marriages end in divorce.  We mistake something else for love – whether it’s lust, an emotional crush or some other need our intended partner fills for us.  But eventually, when that need is no longer there, our desire for the other person wanes as does our interest in the relationship.  When your significant other is also your best friend, however, then it’s a different story.  Because to be friends with someone means that you share common interests, goals and perspectives on life.  You enjoy each other’s company and actually want to be together and do things together.  It also means that the two of you communicate well…a vital aspect of any lasting relationship.  And if, in addition, you are also physically attracted to each other then you’ve hit the jackpot – you’ve found your “holy grail” of partners!  Hang on to that relationship, because coming across someone you are on the same wavelength with on all those levels doesn’t happen often.  By the way, it doesn’t matter if you’re in your teens or looking for someone to spend the rest of your golden years with – these things are true regardless of age.