- Someone you choose to spend a lot of time with
- Someone who would drop everything and rescue you if you called them and said "I'm in trouble"
- Someone who can make you laugh or make you feel better when you're down
- Someone who challenges you, teaches you, expands your world
- Someone who knows you well and can put your thoughts into historical context
- Someone you can call and spend time with for no particular reason
- Someone who trusts you enough to let you hurt them, and would forgive you for it
Sometimes I surprise myself by who I choose to call friends. Not who I associate with, but who I actually use the word "friend" to describe. What is a friend?