You’re not broken. God, are you not broken. But I get it. I used to feel the same way. Luckily for me, a friend said something absolutely wonderful that made it seem more okay. I’ll paraphrase it here:
Most people are born in this life broken in half. They spend their lives looking for that person that makes them whole. We’re lucky, we already have both halves. We don’t need to find someone else to complete us.
I’m an artist. I’m a writer. I’m a filmmaker. And believe me when I tell you this: your art is valid. Your art is important. Non-romantic art is so important. If nothing else, creating media that shows not having romance is okay and acceptable can help someone else, feeling just like you, see that they aren’t alone and they aren’t broken.
You aren’t alone. You have friends, even if they don’t quite understand you right now. You have family. We have a nice little community here on Tumblr, and we’re generally very nice. You will forge relationships, and romantic love is not the only love (despite what people say).
Remember, the Greeks had four words for love, and none of them meant the same thing we use to mean romantic love. They had agape, the love between god and man, self-less love. This is what we hold up as the ideal love, but it is not strictly romantic. They had eros, passionate, erotic love. This is the love we have for the touch of another, mostly what we call lust now. They had phillia, love between equals, friendship. Clearly non-romantic. And they had storge, which was the love between parent and child, familial love.
So, next time someone says you can’t feel love, or are missing out, remember that love is not inherently romantic, so much so that the culture from which western culture emerged didn’t even have a word just for romantic love. There is so much potential for love in this world, I feel bad for the people who can’t see love beyond romance.