What is a friend?
Words are really just symbols of symbols. People think I have so many friends since I love people and love connecting with others, but I also love my time alone. I am super intuitive, sensitive, emphatic, and energetically tuned in, so i can not hang around just anyone for any amount of time.
We are all so different, and yet, all so similar. Different in the way that we all have our own definition of words like "friend" and "love" which is appropriate for ourselves, and most likely different than others' definitions. And then similar in the way that we all want to feel connected in some way to others. The most important connection is with Self (capital S). And for me, my connections with others need to be based upon an authentic foundation and mutual synergy – it is energetic in nature.
From this perspective, true friendship is something that really can not be defined just in words. But since we do live in a culture of words and verbal language – this is probably the best definition I have found, and feel most aligned with: "A true friend encourages us, comforts us, supports us like a big easy chair, offering us a safe refuge from the world.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Whatever your definition, may it work well for you, and your unique journey.