There is no guarantee of any relationship to last as all relationships are eventually impermanent and we will be separated by death if not sooner. However, we should take care when choosing and we should appreciate the genuine friends and family and partner. Will he or she stand strong and encourage you in moments of difficulty and pain, in sickness, come to your bedside when you are suffering, frail, and dying? That is a true friend of great character. One who is not uncomfortable to face you stripped of all your credentials, bad hair, bad teeth, bad breath. Not at all like your smiling “profile pic”.