Competition is thought to inhibit the development of a friendship. This idea is not unreasonable. There are cases where friends split up because one wins and the other loses. However, despite the many break-ups, I remain optimistic.
When a person believes that competition is favorable to a friendship, the immediate idea is that competition enables two individuals to better know each other. To win a contest, one must study the other—his or her character and personality. As a result, mutual understanding, which may be in-depth as the study goes on, will develop, laying a firm foundation for the friendship.
Without denying the aforementioned reason, we should find reasons that matter more. First, competition tests a friendship. In other words, whether a friendship is authentic is not certain unless the relationship goes through the competition between two people. It is only if a person, either winning or losing, respect rather than despising the other or being green with envy that the friendship is true. For example, a friend of mine always achieve higher academically than I do. However, never do I for this reason feel disgruntled, and he never looks down upon me. Instead, thanks to the numerous competitions during the years that challenge our relationship, we are aware of that our friendship is unbreakable.
In addition, a friendship is likely and sound only between two people who are able to compete with each other.
In conclusion, the competitive relationship does not diminish a friendship, as long as the two rivals do not resent but respect one another. The reasons, stated above, could not be clearer.