A comment that was made to a previous post of mine gave me inspiration to write this. True friends do not always look just like you, enjoy everything you do, or even always agree with you. If that were true, wouldn't it be a boring friendship? What about the conversation? You may as well talk to yourself.
Diversity is what makes anything interesting. You learn things that you probably wouldn't know otherwise. You get exposed to things you might have have ever thought you would. That exposure makes you a better person all because of it.
Luckily, my entire life I have always had a variety of friends, and I have always had eclectic taste in not only music, but movies and other entertainment. I enjoy learning new things. I feel I am able to converse and hold up my own end of a discussion with anyone because of it.
You can never judge a book by its cover. This is something that we are always trying to instill in the kids that I work with. The more you explore, the more you are able to learn about yourself and others.
I have friends from all walks of life, of all economic backgrounds, of all ethnicities - my photo album looks like the United Nations and I am very proud of it. Totally proud because no matter what packaging we are in - if you take the time, you will find we are not all that different.