The dictionary defines a friend as “a person whom one knows, likes, and trusts”. This definition seems fair enough, but at what point do you really know someone, and how much trust is needed?
I think everyone’s ideas of what a friend should be like are broad. For me a friend is someone who:
-shares common interests with you
-misses you when they don’t hear from you regularly/ Someone who thinks about you when you aren’t around
-worries about you
-applauds your successes and it supportive when you do not succeed
-sacrifices their time and money and sometimes sanity for you
-can tell you your faults calmly
-can hug you or tell you they luv ya, without it being too weird
(All of these are vice versa. You feel these things for them and they feel them for you)
This list could go on and on right? To me though, a true sign of friendship has to do with trust:
*When a person has confided in you (this shows that they trust you on some level) and you can confide in them and it remains between the two of you, that is a friend*
It seems like the other criteria I listed aren’t as necessary as this one. You have to proof you are trustworthy.
What do you consider the defining characteristics of a friend? As a side note, can a person be your friend if you have never met in person (like on this forum)?
I know I recently started a thread about fair-weather friends, so I guess my friend issues are obviously on my mind. . .humor me.