Common interests bring us together.  I have friends I doubt I would even know if we didn’t have a mutual love of running, and many of my friendships have grown deeper through the miles we’ve shared.  I’ve bonded with strangers at starting lines, finish lines, and all the places in between.  I don’t always know their names, but our shared experience and the mutual understanding of how we got there established a connection.  No matter what your passion is, it’s fun and inspiring to share it with another who has the same interest.  Knowing there are others who can identify with the struggles and celebrations surrounding something I love is comforting, affirming, and a source of strength.  I know runners can be quite zealous…