10 Reasons Why Your Cousins Are Your Built-In Best Friends

10 Reasons Why Your Cousins Are Your Built-In Best Friends

We are cousins, we are family, we are best friends
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My cousins are both younger than me, but that doesn’t change anything. My cousins are so much fun to be with and I love spending time with them. No matter what we do, we always have a blast. I am so lucky to have them, and they will always be something I'm grateful for.

Cousins are built in-best friends and there are many reasons why.

1.You are alike

We share common interests and enjoy the same activities, which makes spending time together that much more fun.

2.You know exactly what to do to make each other laugh or smile

When you’re feeling down or upset, your cousins are always there to turn your frown upside down. They always know what to do to make you laugh and how to cheer you up.

3. You get to do things you enjoy, such as beach days together

We all love beach days and get to enjoy them together, which makes the beach even better.

4. You can act yourself around your cousins

You can be as crazy and hyper as you want, and chances are they will act the same.

5. They put up with your weird and craziness

Typically, we are crazy when we are all together and always have a blast. But, if I’m being too crazy, they still put up with me.

6. They keep your secrets

We tell each other secrets, and we know we can always trust one another.

7. Family vacations together

I will never forget the time we went away for a night and stayed up late singing, dancing and laughing till our stomachs hurt.

8. You have your inside jokes

The things we have come up with that only we understand. Other people question what we are talking about!

9. You can be yourself

You don’t have to worry about impressing them, or acting differently in front of them. You can just be yourself, and they will still love you for who you are.

10. You love each other unconditionally

We are cousins, we are family, we are best friends. We will always have that special bond that could never be replaced. Our love for each other is something I will always be thankful for.

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To The Grandmothers Who Made Us The Women We Are Today

Sincerely, the loving granddaughters.
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The relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter is something so uniquely special and something to be treasured forever.

Your grandma loves you like you are her own daughter and adores you no matter what. She is the first person you run to when you have a problem with your parents and she never fails to grace you with the most comforting advice.

She may be guilty of spoiling you rotten but still makes sure to stress the importance of being thankful and kind.

Your grandma has most likely lived through every obstacle that you are experiencing now as a young adult and always knows just exactly what to say.

She grew up in another generation where things were probably much harder for young women than they are today.

She is a walking example of perseverance, strength, and grace who you aim to be like someday.

Your grandma teaches you the lessons she had to learn the hard way because she does not want you to make the same mistakes she did when she was growing up.

Her hugs never fail to warm your heart, her smile never fails to make you smile, and her laugh never fails to brighten your day.

She inspires you to be the best version of yourself that you can be.

You only hope that one day you can be the mother and grandmother she was to you.

A piece of girl’s heart will forever belong to her grandma that no one could ever replace.

She is the matriarch of your family and is the glue that holds you all together.

Grandmothers play such an important role in helping their granddaughters to grow into strong, intelligent, kind women.

She teaches you how to love and how to forgive.

Without the unconditional love of your grandma, you would not be the woman you are today.

To all of the grandmothers out there, thank you for being you.

Sincerely,

the loving granddaughters

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the phrase that changed it all

Stop worrying and start relaxing.

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Have you ever heard something that just sticks with you and you don't really know why? Or maybe you do know why. Have you ever heard that one phrase or sentence that just opened your eyes to something that you never understood or thought about before? Or maybe what you heard stuck with you because it validated how you were feeling that day. Well I have, and that one little sentence came from a friend's Snapchat story.

That one phrase that caught my attention and has stuck with me ever since was, "You can be a sure person all you want, but that's not how life works."

Sounds silly right? But hear me out.

I heard this on the day that I was supposed to graduate from college, if I had done the typical four straight years of school. Not only was it supposed to be the day that I graduated, but it was supposed to be the day that my friend was supposed to graduate too. He was going on about how he was kind of blue that day but still very happy for everyone that was walking the stage, and that he knew that he needed to take time for himself, which I 100% felt, because I felt the exact same way.

I had a plan of how my life was going to be after I graduated from high school. But that is not how my life turned out. And for that I am extremely grateful. But this phrase really stuck with me because I had always been the type of person that planned everything out in detail and up until college my life went exactly how I wanted it to go. Life had never thrown me any curve balls so I just kept on planning my life out, like a little fantasy I had going on in my head.

This one phrase summed up my entire life after high school. Whatever I had planned for and tried to follow through with those plans step by step didn't seem to work out. Of course, I was frustrated and annoyed that nothing ever worked exactly the I wanted to. I knew that's not how life goes but I could never explain it or felt that everything was eventually going to be okay in the long run. That was until I heard the phrase, "You can be a sure person all you want, but that's not how life works." Once I heard that, everything changed. The way I looked at my life in the present, past and future completely changed.

I began to realize that life has it's own way of working things out. Which I already knew but always had a hard time believing. I heard that one single, simple, sentence and boom, I realized I was stressing myself out over things that are so small and won't matter in the grand scheme of things. I realized I was trying to have a picture perfect life when in reality no one has a picture perfect life, even though it might seem like some people do. There's always going to be hard days, and there's always going to be bumps in road on the way to achieve your goals.

I learned from this one single phrase that I need to take things one day at a time and keep moving forward. I learned that as long as I'm working toward achieving my goals, it doesn't matter how long it takes or how I get there. I learned that life works out how you need it to work out and not how you want it to work out.

Now like I said, I am extremely grateful that my life didn't work out the way I planned it. If life worked out the way I wanted it to work out, I wouldn't have all the great friends that I have now, I wouldn't be genuinely happy, I wouldn't have had all the great opportunities that I have now and so much more. I probably would be going insane from not learning how to cope and deal with high stress situations, I probably wouldn't have any friends or a strong support system and I probably would feel like my life is stuck in rut. Doing the same thing day in and day out.

From this one phrase I learned to stop and enjoy the journey that life is taking me on. I wish I had heard this way earlier on in life because when I look back on my life I realized the I missed so much because I was too busy trying to have such a perfect life. But now when I look at my future I can see so much more potential than I ever thought I could have. Though I don't regret missing anything that I missed, because I have a longer life than what I lived to make up for it.

So seriously stop sweating the small things and start enjoying your life. Stop trying to grow up too fast and enjoy being young and youthful. Stop trying to plan every detail of your life out because it's not going to work out that way.

Start enjoying every day. Sit back and enjoy the crazy beautiful ride that's called life. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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