Friends are acquaintances you have had the chance to bond with. They are the people you want to spend time with because you enjoy their company, and be able to laugh and have a good time. They should have similar values and mutual interests, and be able to benefit each other and share ideas and opinions in a productive manner with minimal conflict. But friends come and go.
True friends are that and so much more. They should be like family–Honest, reliable, and unselfishly caring. They should be able to understand you, handle you at your worst, and know you as a person and even provide support and opportunities for growth. They should love you, and want true happiness for you, and be there for you in times of need. Conflict should strengthen these relationships, which are unconditional. True friends are forever friends.
I always write about how blessed I am to know who I am and what my life is all about in terms of God, my Imam, my faith. But what I fail to mention is just how blessed I am with my crazy big amazing loving family and a few but such true friends. And these are the relationships worth putting my all into, trusting with an open heart that they will do the same for me.