But spending a significant part of your time with someone isn't what makes you a good friend or what makes them a good friend. It's about character and adding value to each other's lives. Some people have the potential to be a good friend but their mentality on life is not focused on the important things at the moment.
The truth is, everybody in your life will fail your expectations on some level at some point in your life. We hold high expectations for people because of what we do for them. But you have to remind yourself that we are human, so we will often make mistakes. However, your real friends will always be there for you when you need it.
I spent years of spending time with fake friends and letting go of people who didn't meet my expectations. I was at a point where no one was my friend, I just had a lot of people I hung out with. It was only in the last few years that I learned to know what I've signed up for. I only have about 3 good friends. I have plenty of people I associate with and a few potential friends. I may not share certain things with one friend and I may just hang out with the people I associate myself with.
I also take into consideration the mentality of my potential friends. I can't expect someone who hasn't experienced much failure to sympathize with some of my experiences. I also can't expect someone who hasn't started their own business to support mine. Neither can I expect someone who is single to be happy for me when I'm getting married.
However, if this person sympathizes with you, supports you or is happy for you then he or she is someone I recommend you consider to be a good friend. Their mentality is in the right place and they feel connected to you on a certain level.
Life is too short to spend time with people who bring you down and are a negative influence on your life. Don't pretend to be friends with someone just because you need company. Sometimes you are your best company. Surround yourself with like-minded people and people who make you better. If you even have one person who you can truly call a friend, you are doing great..
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