Question: Some people choose friends who are different from themselves. Others choose friends who are similar to themselves. Compare the advantages of having friends who are different from you with the advantages of having friends who are similar to you. Which kind of friend do you prefer for yourself? Why?
It is said that a friend is a valuable asset. People become friends thanks to many aspects and incidents. They may find some similarities in each other’s characteristics, lifestyles or dreams. Or maybe they are attracted by interesting and differential lifestyle. In my opinion, a friend who is similar to me and a friend different from me both have such many advantages. However, I prefer friends can share similarities with me.
Firstly, advantages which friends have a lot of difference can be magnetic to somebody. Because they have diverse characteristics, backgrounds and so on, they will find new things are very exciting and interesting. Such this kind of people likes to experience new things that they have not been through. Moreover, they have a chance to learn good things from their friends. For example, a footballer may feel his friend’s job as a businessman thrilling and he can learn a lot of business knowledge and information from his friend. Inversely, a businessman can learn to play football with his footballer friend to release stress after a hard day of work. The introvert may become more active and sociable when he makes friend with the extrovert. Making friend with someone different from you is like experience the other side of the world.
Secondly, a friend who is similar with us may bring us so many advantages that we cannot imagine. Mutual understanding is what friends sharing with them the same habits, backgrounds, lifestyles or dreams have. One can tell his friends secrets, ask them for advice for problems he face and give a hand when his friends truly need. In addition, they can enjoy the same hobbies together. For instant, two close girlfriends can spend their whole weekend to go shopping, have their nails painted, have new hair styles and chat about boys. Basically, they own congruent soul, so they love one another as they are siblings. And there will be less conflict and argument happen between them.
In conclusion, I believe friends should have some similarities to keep friendships last longer. It is hard for one to accept and stand too different or opposite lifestyles, characteristics of his friends. Trust, comfort and enjoyment are very important to friendship. That is a reason why people often said that birds of a feather flocked together.
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