Your friends are your most assured connections, believe it or not. Most people up there have been fortunate to have kept at least a friend with purpose...
You can't keep what you are not ready for; money, relationship, opportunities, love, greatness, Fame etc. The power to make what you have lasting depends on how ready you are for it.
There is a clear difference between “I wish I did” and “Thank God I did” and the ball is in your court to choose which statement you want to end your life with.