Stephan has a passion for understanding the nature of both the physical world and especially its complex inhabitants, that is, humans.
Friends or Companions?
Many of us go through life and acquire what we call "friends." Some of us go through life and actually find companions. While some may use the two terms interchangeably, there is, however, a subtle but significant difference.
What Is a Friend?
- A friend can be someone you talk to and have experiences with. At its core, friendship is defined by a shared series of experiences that occur seldom, occasionally, or often.
- You may know a friend well, or you may not. Some friends are intimate, while others are slightly more formal.
- A friend can be someone you lean on in the time of need, or someone who leans on you. We may be able to depend on a friend, or a friend might be someone who is never really there.
- A friend can be someone who is often present in your life, or who is mostly absent from it. A friend is anyone you allow to be as such.
This, however, is wholly different from a companion.
What Is a Companion?
We're all on some journey in life, consciously or otherwise. Every choice we make in life leads us down a particular road. There are some people who, at least at certain points in our lives, are on the same paths as we are.
- People who are on the same journey we are on might become companions.
- These people can empathise and understand some of what we're going through (our highs and lows) because they have or or have had the same emotions.
- A companion may not even be someone we consider to be a friend, but shared experiences create an irrefutable bond.
- To a large extent, a companion helps us grow and achieve our goals. They help us reach further on our paths, like marathon runners urging each other to keep running.
- A companion is also most suited to helping us in our times of need since they truly understand our desires and our situation.
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Friendship AND Companionship?
When we're going through life, it's important to have others to walk with. Sometimes, our closest friends are on different paths, and this is why we need companions.
You may hear long-term couples or lovers refer to each other as companions, as they truly help each other grow. Nevertheless, a companion is only present in your life for as long as your paths remain the same. If these paths begin to diverge (as they often do), a companion is likely to wander out of your life forever.
Friends may be there through thick and thin, even if they don't completely understand us and even if they do not share our ideals. Friends may grow to love us or hate us, but at the end of the day, they give us a different perspective of the world due to their differing perspective.
Why We Need Both
Some people may go looking for friends, which is not wholly flawed since friends are nice for some good experiences. But if one is to grow and develop, one should go looking for not just friends for happiness, but companions for self-growth. It is difficult to survive by oneself and so both friends and companions are necessary. Both are needed for different reasons, and both are needed for balance.