Here’s how you can connect with your friend better:

Respect your friend’s independence

Do not demand your friend to participate in all the activities which you are interested in.

Seriously consider your friend’s ideas

You may be too used to your friend’s outlandish ways by now; try to show your friend’s ideas some consideration before saying no or pointing out why it doesn’t work.

Do not micromanage

Never control your friend’s schedules or impose too many rules or expectations on your friend. This independent mind will not be able to take restrictions well.

Listen patiently

Be patient with your friend’s way of describing things that can be complicated at times. Ask questions to understand his/her perspectives.

Never embarrass your friend in public

Do not question your friend’s competence or put your friend in a spot in front of others. It won’t be pretty after that.