I am curious if anyone here has heard the term anam cara. Its an old term that literally means soul friends. The relationships most of you seem to describe sounds like they may fall into this category.
I have several people I connect with and would call my anam cara, and always have. Love for me is a slightly different context and I don't give it out often, to be honest I am also VERY picky about who I even call a friend. Anam Cara seemed to suit a lot of my relationships better than love or friendship due to how I was impacted.
Sorry to hijak, but the entire time I have been reading this forum a lot of descriptions seem to fit what anam cara stands for