Good friends are like the hair on your head – they get lesser in number as you get older. A wise man once said, “When you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.” Every friend is unique – different in nature, good qualities and in the way you bond. However, if your friend circle contains these 13 types of friends, your life is certainly worth living.
1. The Inspirer
Everybody needs a friend who can inspire them to achieve greater things and set goals that would otherwise seem too intimidating. Whether it is preparing for an important entrance exam or gathering the courage to pursue one’s dreams, an inspiring friend will always push you towards a better life.
2. The Sounding Board
There are a lot of friends who give free advice, but there are very few who will actually sit down with you and sound them out for you. Whether it’s 3 in a busy workday afternoon or 3 in the dead of night, this is the friend you can trust to share your innermost thoughts who will talk you through it.
3. The Practical One
When you’re part of a friend circle where everyone seems naturally drunk on life, you need someone grounded to get you back to reality. This friend might seem to stick out like a sore thumb, but when shit goes down and you are not part of it – thanks to heeding your friend’s advice, you’ll understand their value soon enough.
4. The Adventurous
Being practical does not mean being dull. If you have a friend who is always up for a new adventure – travelling, experiencing something new and exploring new stuff, you will never know a boring day in your life.
5. The Honest Abe
Good friends tell you what you want to hear. Best friends tell you what you need to know. Everybody just wants things to be mellow and everyone to get along – but only an honest friend will risk your displeasure to give you the hard facts. They’re the one worth keeping for the long road ahead.
6. The Generous Guy
And we do not mean rich. Friendship is all well and good, but when it comes to actually generosity, there are very few candidates. This guy will share with you everything he has – money, material stuff, study hacks – and will never ask you for it back ever.
7. The Fashion Police
Admit it – if it were not for the most stylish friend in your circle, you would not even know what’s in fashion. They make you look good – and keep you in the loop about all things fashionable.
8. The Crazy Goofball
They don’t have much to contribute to your life as such, but they are just the best people to be around when you’re having a bad day. Funny, unfazed and eccentric, they make for the best company and you can always count on having a good time with them by your side.
9. The Quiet, Intuitive Dude
This friend might not be the first one to catch your attention when you greet your squad, but they are amazingly perceptive about everything – and that includes you. He is the first person to notice that there’s something wrong just by looking at you, and is a great listener you can talk to.
10. The Dedicated Wingman
What is a good friend without good wingmanship? This guy will not only help you out with the ladies, but also lie for you to your parents or anyone else when you need an alibi. They always have your back and will fiercely stick up for you when the situation demands it.
11. The Awesome Cook/Foodie
Life is really incomplete without that one friend who is passionate about all things edible. You can bank on them to feed you amazing food whenever you visit – or at the least, get you to experience new culinary delights whenever you go out. Because food is life, and anyone who tells you otherwise is stupid.
12. The Street-Smart
Every person needs a sly friend who knows how to get things done without sweating the small stuff. They might not be classroom-intelligent, but when it comes to handling real life, they are all A’s. From procuring booze on dry days to any kind of jugaad, he’ll make your life a lot easier.
13. The Competitive
This friend is one of the most important ones you need in your life – because nothing motivates one to try harder like a good competition. There are very few people who manage to be competitive friends, but if you have found yourself one – you are a lucky person.
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