To start, I guess I should preface this whole post with the statement that I don’t have one best friend, instead I have a handful who I am extremely close with. Throughout the past few weeks, I’ve had many moments where I realized just how grateful I am to have these humans as a part of my life. It’s great to be reminded so often as to why I love them unconditionally. Here is my best friend appreciation post which is a compilation of what makes them stand out to me everyday.
My best friends make me a better person.
I don’t know if this really needs a full explanation, but here is my best shot. When I’m with my best friends, I like how they change who I am. I like who I am when we are together. Whether this is just how we talk, a debate about a movie, or even our selfies together, each moment that we spend together helps me discover who I want to be and reminds me how grateful I am to have such amazing people in my life. (What? I said people instead of HUMANS??) I like the side that they bring out in me.
My best friends give the best advice. Ever.
I know exactly who I can lean on when I’m having boy troubles, am stressed about school, or just need to vent about a situation. This group of people are some of the most level headed individuals in existence and are always ready to help, even if this means them telling me I’m worrying about something for no reason, which happens more than you would think.
My best friends believe in me.
I often have times where I doubt my decisions or something that I excel at. They are always good at telling me that I should follow my heart or reminding me of my talents when I doubt them. And while I shouldn’t need these reminders often, it’s nice to have people who believe in you and your decisions when you don’t.
They know details about me that others don’t.
They know what songs I don’t like, my style, my favorite restaurants-including the ones I will eat at even if I’m not hungry, my pet peeves, and even that the Newsies commercial pains me when it comes on T.V. They know things that scare me, what professors I don’t like, my history, and how I’m feeling each day. It’s nice to have people who know almost everything about you and they still stick around.
We can sit completely silent and not feel pressured to make conversation.
This one is HUGE. I can be with one of them and never feel like we have “awkward silence” between us. We are just that comfortable with each other. It means we can spend ridiculous amounts of time together and not get tired form thinking of new topics to talk about because just being together is great.
Our thoughts are connected.
This one happens often, especially with one of my best friends in Chicago on the L. Being able to people watch and only communicate our thoughts by eye contact is one of the coolest things ever. It’s really entertaining to get out of a situation and have them say, “You don’t even need to say anything because I know exactly what you are thinking”. It’s even better when I don’t have the words to express how I feel or I am close to a breakdown and they just say “I know”.
We have routines.
Whether this entails a weekly Qdoba run, dinner at 7:15, a restaurant we always go to at home, the house we typically hangout at, or even the show that we are going to watch on Netflix, everyone knows what these routines are and assumes that they are going to happen.
We know that compromises on where we go to dinner or the movie we are going to see are not a big deal. It doesn’t typically turn into a frustrating situation, but rather a debate and we see who has the best argument for their view. While I typically just go along for the ride, it’s typically entertaining to watch the whole thing unfold.
They all love theatre.
No description needed.
They deal with me, even when I’m not feeling well.
With all of my health issues in the past 8 months, it’s been extremely helpful to have my best friends as a support system. They don’t get mad when I have to cancel plans or leave early because I don’t feel well, and they check in to see how I’m doing. I cannot express enough my gratitude for these moments, even if they turn into me being stubborn and them convincing me that maybe I should go to the ER. They make hospital visits and stays better, and the majority of them are planning on keeping me distracted during my Mayo clinic visit this week. Having one of them ask “how are you?” means more than they know.
My best friends are my second family. They complete me as a person and I cannot imagine my life without them. They are the strongest, wisest, and kindest group of unsung heroes that I know. Love you guys.