You’re right, John, friends are important. It’s also important to surround ourselves with like-minded individuals, friends who encourage us on our journey and who provide us support. Far too often those support groups simply don’t exist within our vicinity. Everyone around us doesn’t “get” it and trying to convince them otherwise is often a waste of energy (you can’t teach someone who doesn’t want to learn).
That’s one thing that the Internet really changes. We can find others who encourage and support us while sitting in front our computer, whether we’re alone in our room or in a crowded cafe.
I also believe that it’s vital for us to think for ourselves and make our own decisions and mistakes. If we are handed all the answers — if an entire path is lit up for us — our self-exploration and inner discovery remains stagnant. I say we need to test and retest. Question the status quo, even when the status quo is far from normal, even when it feels right, we should still be testing and retesting. Always exploring.