Past, What Past
To me being a friend means accepting someone with all there is to that person.
Every person is the sum total of what their life has been. If I consider someone my friend then the past is what helped them become the friend I've learned to love and share my life with.
Way too many of us look at our past as something that keeps others from loving us. We need to help not only others but ourselves as well to see that we are all loveable and we are all capable of loving.
Friends build you up and help you feel good about yourself. They are not afraid to let you know when you are about to mess up your life. Then even if you still mess it up they are there to help you clean up.
We all have a past and we should all look past the past to the now.