On Friendship: Birds Of Different Feathers

On Friendship: Birds Of Different Feathers

On Friendship: Birds Of Different Feathers

Lately I’ve been thinking, as I often do, about friendship.

My friends are so important to me. I feel lucky and happy whenever I think about them.

And something that occurred to me is how much my life is enriched by having a variety of different people as friends. People who are not very much alike.

My friends (by which I mean people I see regularly, have dinner with, have in-depth conversations with – not just people I know), include:

  • Ages from early 20s to 60s
  • Atheists, Christians, Muslims, Jews
  • Students, retirees, business owners, homemakers, people with jobs in many different fields and industries
  • Single, dating, living together, engaged, married, divorced, gay, straight, with and without children
  • Political views from ultra-conservative to uber-liberal.

Having these different people in my life stops me getting too set in my ways, or too sure of my opinions. I get challenged more, have to think through why I believe the things I do. I get to try a greater range of things and experience a wider understanding of life than I otherwise would.

Just a few years ago my friends were all very similar. I think it really narrowed my perspective.

I love that now I have so many different eyes and hearts through which to experience the world.

How Similar Are Your Friends?

How about you?

Are your friends a lot like you, or do you have a range of different people in your life?

How does it affect your outlook on the world?

by Michele Connolly

Michele Connolly is into writing, books, simplicity, love, TV, productivity, and staying thin in a world of chocolate.