What about them?

They are the ones that get you out of trouble.
Friends, help each-other, no matter the cost.

They are the people to open your eyes, when you are about to do something stupid.
They are the people to push you, when you are missing an opportunity.

What is a friendship?

I consider friendship to be a strong connection with a person with whom you share big part of your past, present and you are hoping this to continue into the future.

As with any other relationship, you need to put much effort and dedication in it. That's how the bond becomes stronger, that's how you write the history which connects you.

Drinking, joking and laughing is something that you do even with your enemies.

That's the easy part. Everything is great, life's good, you enjoy it.
But when things get ugly, and if something bad happens to your friend, you have to help.

Helping someone in need, is the only time you build a true friendship.

What about friendships built on something positive?

Although I keep answering my own questions, here, ask yourself the following:

 - Isn't the single most important relationship in your life, supposed to be with your husband or wife? If so, why do you think, in pretty much any religion out there, the marriage vows always include something similar to the following:

I ...take you... for my lawful wife/husband, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health...

Friendship isn't about equality and it's all about kindness and gratefulness.

But the true friends are not those that only keep you company "for better, for richer and in health", true friends are right there with you " for worse, for poorer and in sickness".

My appeal to you is - don't leave your friends in pain, just because you might get hurt if helping.