10 Reasons Your Older Brother Is Your Best Friend

10 Reasons Your Older Brother Is Your Best Friend


1. He was your first number one fan.

As soon as you were born, your brother looked at you in absolute awe. There are numerous pictures of him holding you as a baby, a large smile plastered on his face. Every time you walk into your parents house and see those pictures, you can't help but smile.

2. He is always there to protect you.

Even when you insist that you're okay on your own, your brother has always been there to back you up. Whether it was asking your parents for dessert before dinner, or drying your eyes when other girls were mean to you, your brother was the one to hold you up.

3. He was there when your friends weren't.

Only you and your brother will remember the rainy days that you spent inside shooting each other with your NERF guns, or sat inside watching "Star Trek" reruns. When your friends from school weren't around, your brother always was there for you to hang out with.

4. The only person you feel 100 percent comfortable with is your brother.

Because you know you'd be embarrassed if you left your bra in the sink at someone else's house.

5. He's always been a good teacher.

You can credit him for teaching you to tie your shoes, or maybe helping you with algebra, but your brother was the person that taught you which family members to avoid, why we put extra napkins on his side of the dinner table, and that just because your different doesn't mean you're weird.

6. Nobody else understands your family.

Through all the crazy family get-togethers, road trips, and strange dinner conversations, the only other person that remembers and can relate is your brother. You both will always treasure the memories of your family's river house, and the days you spent more time in the water than on land.

7. You know each other too well.

Whether or not you like to admit it, you and your brother know each other better than anyone else. He can always tell instantly when something is bothering you, and is there to cheer you up as soon as you need him. He knows everything from when you're lying to when you woke up craving Chinese food.

8. He is the standard that your future husband must live up to.

Yes, he's gross and obnoxious. But your brother is truly an amazing man and there's no way to deny it. Every guy you meet is instantly going to be compared to him, and if you think your brother wouldn't like him, then neither do you.

9. He doesn't go easy on you.

Sure, there were times when you wish that he would have let you win in air hockey or in basketball, but when it comes down to it he is always pushing you to be better. When you think that you're doing all that you can, your brother was there to challenge you and show you that you can do anything you set your mind to (even if he still beats you in Mortal Kombat half of the time).

10. You will always love each other unconditionally.

No matter what happens or where in the world you are, you know that your brother will always be there to pick up the phone when you call. And there's nothing in this world that can compare to his friendship.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"


It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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