A partner is unnecessary but a companion is needed by all. We all want one special person in our life to whom we can be natural,naked in all sense, without pretense and any ‘gain’ whatsoever.
I call that person a soulmate. In the world when souls are missing, where shall one find soulmate. We are so overwhelmed by mind and ego that we think that people are fool when they open themselves up. We only like those people who can be a somewhat a challenge to our mind.
Mind o mind, you never fail to amuse me.
Thus it is not at all important to have anyone in life of he is not original and natural at least to you.