I must say that even though I don’t like attempting to put a “category” on the types of friends that I have, there is definitely a set of unique characteristics that distinguish the people who I refer to as “friends” from other people. For instance, one feature that characterizes my friends is that we have similar interests. This can be noticed in the types of work we do in order to make a living. It can likewise be found in our motivations to accomplish those types of work. In this respect, how I “define” a friend differs from how I used to characterize friends when I was growing up, because back then much of it depended on my proximity and basic interaction with others. Now, distance matters less than our set of interests. Another feature that characterizes my friends is that we refrain from being disrespectful toward others. This includes being tolerant of others even though they may look or act a different way. Thankfully, I was this way even when I was growing up, and I would like to remain this same way. Another feature that identifies my friends is that we strive to learn more about the people and world around us. This process makes our situations even more fascinating and worldviews more discerning. In retrospect, I’ve learned much just interacting with my friends as a whole.