What does it mean to be a friend? The response to that question depends on who you ask. If you ask me, a friend does not judge, a friend respects, a friend listens, and a friend loves. While our lives tend to revolve around romantic relationships, it is often the platonic friendships that help us navigate through life's challenges, no matter how big or small. Friendships can often make sense, but sometimes they develop out of conflict, out of niche interest, out of blatant disinterest, or out of shared experience. Friends are so important.