You should definitely hang out with people who are different from you. You can learn plenty with a set of eyes other than your own. You should also hang out with people who are similar to you because repeatedly explaining who you are or why your priorities are in a certain order can be exhausting.
I spent a lot of time with people very different than me. Most times, I was the only creative, or the only Leo, or the only one my age, or the only one with a child. More than half of my life has been spent being the "other." Being able to see the world with a different lens taught me things some things I can't admit to and some I'm extremely happy I learned sooner than later.
Though there is great value in being the "other," my life has changed since surrounding myself more ofthe 'same.' Aligned visions and being able to speak without speaking because you know what I'm thinking has created a peace I didn't know I was searching for.
If you don't know me well (or anymore), let me give you some insight on who/how I am: overprotective, brutally honest when asked for my input, direct and quiet.
[I'm not saying whether these are negative or positive attributes. These are simply MY attributes. I'm learning to stop tearing myself into good and bad pieces and focus on whether my actions are useful or useless on my journey to my highest self]
In the time that I have suspended relationships which called me to be physically overprotective, I have redirected that energy into things that improve my life (and I want the same for you). If you are overprotective, stop hanging out with people who don't look both ways before crossing the street. The hardest disease to cure is the one we don't know we have. Being overprotective may save them from time to time but it will not cure them of their recklessness. You will only give yourself anxiety. Find someone who shares that trait with you and you can devote your energy to other wonderful things because neither of you will be wasting time trying to guide the other out of oncoming traffic. Find someone who is just as honest as you and you won't be offended by their omissions or baffled by their fear of telling the truth. Find someone who is direct like you and confusion will be a thing of the past. Find someone who's quiet and you won't take it personally when they're not in your inbox every five seconds. I'm not saying to ONLY hang out with people who are exactly like you. I'm saying to eliminate the difficult. Rid yourself of confusion. SIMPLIFY. Relationships don't always have to be projects.
There are no discounts on my personality and it matters NOT that you approve of it, only that you can afford it. Being able to afford it means aligning your budget with your taste. You might could afford tea but if what you NEED is Sauvignon Blanc, go elsewhere.