Friends are a strange entity. Sometimes they change in the blink of an eye, and sometimes they stick around for a lifetime. We don't know why this happens. Sometimes people appear in your life, and you think they're a lifetime friend, and in an instant, like the explosion of a star, they disappear. Except, they really don't disappear. You see them every day. But they are no longer the person you once knew. They used to be the person you did everything with.You laughed with them, talked with them about everything, and went on crazy wild adventures together. Now, its like you don't exist to them. Everything you thought you once knew about that person, suddenly shifts. But sometimes, you get lucky. Sometimes, without any notice, you meet a group of people that you click and relate with instantly. It doesn't happen often, but when it does, you'll know that you were destined to meet these people. Here are five signs you've found your true friend group:

1. They bring the best out of you.

You know you've found an extraordinary friend when they constantly bring the best out of you. Sometimes ordinary friends have a way of making you feel like an outsider, someone who doesn't belong. If you surround yourself with people who constantly raise you up, through the good times and the bad, you should most definitely keep the around.

2. They inspire you to go outside your comfort zone.

Theres a quote that I love by Alik Koundenburd, and it reads, "To be extraordinary-get comfortable with the idea of being uncomfortable." The same goes with your friends. Good friends will help you discover things about yourself you never knew about until you met them. They are constantly pushing you to do things you've never done before, and more times than not, it helps you become a better person. They may even help you discover talents and passions that have been hidden inside of you all of this time, and they brought it out of you.

3. They bring you out of the bad times.

4. You're an open book to them.

You tell them everything. Literally, everything. From your deepest darkest secrets, to how you loved that potato soup you ate at lunch. You're best friends know everything about you, and you are comfortable opening up to them, because there is a certain level of trust with them that no one else around you has.

5. You met them by chance, but you know it wasn't chance that brought you together.

I am a firm believer that things don't happen by accident. I believe that if someone comes into your life, they have an intended purpose. Sometimes the purpose is temporary, and sometimes it is eternal. Either way, accept who you are, and who comes into your life. Enjoy there presence for however long you have it, and don't be upset if they come and go, because they served there purpose, and now you have an open space for someone new to come along. So, enjoy life, and don't sweat the small things that come your way, and when the big things come, and you feel like you have nowhere to turn, turn to someone who you know will be there forever. They are the people who know you best, and know you well enough to know that you are meant for better things.