If you sense an element of karmic connection between you two, don't be surprised. In some important way, your future and your friend's are inextricably linked. In forming a friendship, you and particularly your buddy will be transformed.
This friendship's most positive possibilities won't be effortless. You'll each have a responsibility to vigorously follow your own path in life. If you can commit to that effort, your energy and determination will inspire your friend to do the same. They'll benefit from your drive toward independence as a human being. You may naturally be more willing to assert your independence than they are and thus you may emerge as the role model of the friendship; but you'll both add inspiration and support to each other's lives.