In the aromantic and asexual communities, I’ve often seen platonic love being promoted as of equal value to romantic or sexual love. Which it is. But the kinds of love that are being promoted ALWAYS involve a relationship of some kind with someone else. As if love is only valuable, as if life is only valuable, if you’re surrounded by the love of others.
But what about those other kinds of love that often get forgotten? What about loving and accepting yourself? I’d say that is just as important. Often people feel they need others to validate themselves. And sure, maybe we DO need some love from others. But I believe it’s good to remember there are many more kinds of love which don’t involve (human) relationships.
Such as love for pets. A dog really can be a best friend to some people. Or love for a certain activity, a passion you have in your life. Painting, writing, singing? Your passion for your hobbies are, in my opinion, just as great a love as any other and can bring you fulfillment.Love of nature, life, love of love (for those shippers out there!).
Even for those who DO feel romantic attraction, one-sided love for, say, a celebrity or the person in the year above, can be fulfilling, dreaming about the possibilities, even without ever wanting to act upon it. Think of lithromantics on that last one.