"Friends are the family we wish we had instead of the one we got." I heard somebody say that one time, and I think she had been having a pretty bad day! Seriously, though, we do pick our friends, choosing them from all other people. A friend can be a "true friend" for a while, then move on; relationships change as people and their circumstances change.
However, some friendships last as long as two friends live, and these are indeed precious. So what is a true friendship, one that lasts a lifetime? It is, I think, a relationship of mutual trust, respect, and admiration. Through a history of shared experiences, a genuine friendship gives us an anchor in an uncertain world. There is comfort and security in knowing that we are not alone, come what may, and there is joy in knowing that a couple of good friends will always find another adventure to share.