Old friends feel like family. They have known you throughout all your life and your many ways of being. There have been times when you have frustrated each other and disappointed each other. But there have been times when you have given to each other whatever you can. Shared homes together. Shared piano teachers. Listened to each other complain about work or lovers. Picked each other up from doctors. You know how each other has wrestled with one’s temper or passivity. Whatever it is, you have shared your lives together. So give yourself that feeling of comradeship and trust and bask in how that makes you stronger, more present in the world. Old friends are wealth and joy. They are there for you and you are there for them, and that is a gift too. You get to give as they do, and that is shared eros.