Dom and I just got back from an incredible wedding with friends we’ve known for 2/3rds of our lives. Bill, Tony, Dan, Johns, etc – these people are the core of what I aspire as genuine friendship. We’ve all gone through our struggles, and years go by without seeing each other, but every time we get together it’s like we left off 5 minutes ago.
What impresses me is that they’re doing (roughly) the same things that Dom and I are doing: making games, working on their own software, and generally being entrepreneurs.
It’s funny to think that people who have lived most of their lives in different parts of the country, independent of one another, are still “the same” people they were years ago. I once read a study that 10 of your closest friends will have 83% of the same values as you do and be within 10% of the same income bracket. Of course, there’s a lot of statistical questions to that. But it seems to be true for me.
What was that old saying? “If you had five real good friends before you died, you’ve lived a good life.” I think I have about that so far.