A wise person recently shared this idea with me, and I feel compelled to pass it along:
We meet people and form relationships for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
It didn't take long for me to identify myself as the type of person who enters into every relationship with the loose expectation that it will last a lifetime. There is no "purpose" motivating me to open my mind and heart to a friendship or romance except simply to have a friendship or a romance. When it comes down to it, it's pretty simple and (at that stage, at least) I don't overthink it. My initial analysis of a relationship tends to be purely intuition-based. I have a tendency to trust people until they give me a reason not to. I can usually tell within the first 5 minutes of meeting a person if they're someone I want to give my trust and friendship. Once that trust is irreparably broken, the season ends. But it was always my intention to have a lifetime.
I'm not a friend with ulterior motives; I'm just a friend.