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How many types of friends do you have? Ever thought about that before? Nor did we! Every friend has a particular place in our lives. But you know when we did the categorization, there were actually several types of friends. We were simply considering them as same.
Are you one of those people who leave everything and sit near the idiot box waiting anxiously for the reruns and reruns of the sitcom “Friends” or Remember the tagline of a famous ad, “Har ek friend zaroori hota hain” and if you are a sucker for movies like ‘Dil Chahta hain’ or “Zindagi na milegi Dobara’, you know where we are headed today.
FRIENDS… they are life and one of the most important things for a man’s existence after food, water, shelter and parents. Friendships start from birth and if you don’t believe me then think; isn’t your mother your first friend whom you would come running to and blurt out everything which happened in school. And then once you enter high school or college, your friendships grow stronger, some leading to a lifetime and some culminating even into marriages; remember the movie “My best friend’s wedding”. So today let’s talk about the different type of friends a person encounters in his life.
The ‘Funny’ Friend
Feeling Sad? Depressed and lonely? You know what to do; just pick up your phone and call that one friend; the one who can always make you laugh, no matter how bad your day was or what else is going on in your life. Their wit and silly jokes are one thing which can elevate the most boring of situations The funny friend is often not so much a person you spill secrets to; this is more the place you go when you need an instant lift. Funny friends are cherry on the topping for a dessert called friendship. This type friends are the all time favourite.
The ‘Agony Aunt’ Friend
Well, this category belongs to the female friends, for whom you don’t have any romantic feelings for and who are always there to solve your ‘girlfriend’ issues! You can talk to her about your big problems, she is the one you text and take advice when you’re having a bad day. She forces you to think through all your decisions, and she always knows best. She’s loving, critical, and compassionate, and will always be there for you no matter what. In short, she is a second ‘MOM’ to you.
The Hobby Friend
Now if the boys need an agony aunt, friend, what does a girl need; yes, you got it right, she needs a “hobby friend”. Well hobby friend means, someone whom you mutually enjoy hanging out with as you have similar interests and hobbies. You can even have shopping friends, ‘yoga friends’ or even ‘book friends’. They might not be your best friends, but these sorts of friends allow us to express pieces of ourselves that might get denied otherwise. So why don’t you go and find your ‘Hobby Friend’.
The Chat Friend
Remember the time when we used to have pen pals and we used to write long letters to them telling them about our innermost feeling and secrets. Well, times have changed and so has the trend. Nowadays we are the iPad generation and so we have the ‘Chat friend’ or the ‘Email friend’. With the advent of Social media, you can “friend” someone who lives halfway around the world. The best thing about these friends is that they have lived a very different life than you and hence broaden your horizons. This friend is extremely important in order to expose you to new ideas and a culture other than your own and vice versa.
The Crazy Friend
All of us are so stressed out in this fast paced life, that we need that one friend whom we can go crazy and mad with. You can do whatever stuff you want to do with them without being judged. Our “crazy” friends are more daring, ruthless, spontaneous, and adventurous most of us could ever dream of being. They inspire us to take risks and live it up on occasion. They remind us that life doesn’t have to be such a serious affair. So what are you waiting for…find your crazy friend and live and love life!!
The Inspirational Friend
Now this one friend whom we all look up to, who is our idol. The inspiration motivates you to be yourself, work hard, and be selfless. This is the person who has actualized their dreams and encourages you to believe you can too. They genuinely see the potential in every situation and are more than happy to help you see the potential in yours. This person is crucial to have in your life.
The Best Friend Forever (BFF)
This friend is our life line. This kind of friend is like your sibling from another mother. They know all your secrets, all your good things, all your flaws; in short they know you more than you know yourself. They are the ones who love you immensely and also criticize you when you do something wrong. They are there to help you come up when you are down the drains and bring you back to Mother Earth when you fly too high. They are your mother, father, brother, sister all rolled into one. You can’t imagine a millisecond without them. You need them like you need oxygen.
Everybody knows that friendships are an essential part of a healthy, happy life; a true friend is hard to find. These different type of friends in our lives speak to different aspects of us. At the end of the day, we may not need friendship to live, but we require friendship to thrive.
So when you do find one, hang on tight! It also doesn’t hurt to let them know every now and then just how much they mean to you.
A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allow you to grow.