I do consider myself to be a fairly lucky person. One of the luckiest things to happen to me starting in my young adult life was that I had the capability of making and keeping good friends. I'm not pretending that every friendship stayed in tact, no. Sometimes people outgrow each other or simply have other needs and move on. Sometimes you just get pissed off and move away from someone too.
But I have attracted the most loyal and giving friends anyone could hope for. I don't know how I managed to do that, but I did. I know sometimes I have a tendency to be overprotective of friends (as if they can't take care of themselves) but I believe there are worse traits to have.
Ever since I was a kid, I had friends who were significanly older than myself. The reason for this is that I enjoyed talking about politics and world things (even if I didn't know what I was talking about) and that appealed to adults more so than to my peers. I have a vivid memory of watching the 1968 Republican convention, being so sad that Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed and all the political turmoil during the late 1960s that I can recall.
I ran home from school to watch the Watergate hearings as a teenager. Yeah, I was definitely in some other place than my peers.
Which is why I have had friends twice my age all of my life. Since I am interested in just about everything that goes on I also have friends half my age. The age range of my friends goes from 25 to 81. I enjoy their company and through some tough times they have been there for me as I have tried to be there for them.
I'm lucky to have had such good friends for all of my adult life thus far. I pray the trend continues!