When you are forming friendships and relationships with people, you want them to be of substance. Many people enjoy the time spent, and conversations had, with friends or just acquaintances.They may have a familiar background, or even just an interesting background. Maybe they grew up in another country, and their life was fairly different, but you can relate to good times had, times with family, and heartache. They have loved, and been loved. They had a good friend in school too, that they lost touch with. We can be so different, yet so alike. People that have experience can provide us with insight to our ever changing lives. And, we get to return the favor. Show respect, do not be afraid of who you are and where you have been. Let yourself be open to talking with someone new. Some education, you cannot get in a classroom.