13 Reasons Why I Am Thankful For My Best Friend

13 Reasons Why I Am Thankful For My Best Friend

We are best friend AND soul mates.

We all have that one best friend of ours that isn't just a friend; they are practically family. They are the type of friends that stick with you through thick and thin and always have your back. They never let you down and know how to comfort you. Not only are they there for emotional support, but they provide good memories and a lifetime of laughter and fun whenever they are around. This goes out to the best friends who we wouldn't be complete without, the ones that make us whole. Here are 13 Reasons Why I Am Thankful For My Best Friend:

1. You never let me down.

No matter the circumstances, we are always in agreement of some sort. I can always count on you to be there even at the most randomness times.

2. You are blunt with me.

You tell me straight up how you feel, which I love about you. If something looks wrong with my outfit, you are the first to say it. I know I can always count on you to keep me looking sharp whenever we hit the club! (Just kidding, we're boring.)

3. You don't care to hurt my feelings when I'm in the wrong.

Yes, this is a great thing I am thankful for. By doing this, you allow me to see other people's perspective's and allow me to truly see things differently. And when I am in the wrong and you call me out on it, I don't get upset because I know that it is just another learning experience for me. You allow me to grow.

4. You are there for me when my real family is not.

Even when we expect our real family to be there all of the time they're not, but you are. Even when it's late at night or in the middle of the day, I know I can come to you about anything even if its just because I'm bored and need someone to talk to. I know that I can confide in you and not be criticized for it.

5. You show me what true family is.

And while confiding all my secrets to you is one of the best things yet, one of the biggest things you teach me is how to love. You teach me that everyone and everything deserves to be heard and loved and accepted, blood or not. You are my family.

6. You remind me of how great I am every day.

On my lowest days, you are there to pick me up, piece by piece, to put me back together and remind me of how beautiful I am inside and out, and I can only hope that I reciprocate that action.

7. You help me through all of my problems, even if I don't see them at first.

Yeah, you catch my problems before me sometimes. You see an issue before it becomes one. You help me realize that my problems are fixable and that I can handle anything that comes my way.

8. You never let anyone tear me down, not for long.

Although my biggest critic is myself, you never let me tear myself down for long. You always comfort me when I struggle with my own battles and demons inside my head and then set me off to heal. I never stay down long around you. I am thankful for that.

9. You always remind me of how strong I am.

And when you pick me back up and wipe the tears from my eyes, you remind me of how strong I really am. How strong I must be to take all my self-hate and the problems of the outside world. I love you for this; you are the best thing for self-esteem.

10. You never judge me.

No matter how crazy or stupid or weird it is, you never judge me. And hallelujah for that.

11. You care for me deeply.

We share a bond like no other. We are "best friend soul mates". We connect so easily and it allows us to truly be ourselves and not hold back. We are so close we even finish each other's sentences. How cliche.

12. You support me when no one else does.

When I tell you about my dreams and goals in life, you have my back no matter what. You remind that I can do anything if I want it ad enough. You always tell me I am destined for success and help me understand my ambitions even when my family disagrees.

13. We make a bad-ass pair.

Oh yeah, we have great times together. Although we don't do anything "normal" teenagers would be doing, we still go out and have a good time full of memories and laughter. Not to mention, WE FLAWLESS!

Out of all the amazing times, I've had in my life, I am glad I got to share the majority of my time with you. I am thankful for what you have taught me and what we have learned together as a duo. Words cannot express how grateful I am to have a friend like you in my life to keep me stable. You deserve everything, my best friend. I love you.

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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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Shockingly, There Is Strength In Being Weak

Abandon the idea that you do not deserve to be taken care of. You do!


The one challenge in having a brave face, is others never considering there are moments you may not be. It is a beautiful yet complicated gift to be able to provide comfort to others. To be the person your friends and family turns to in times of crisis. Just remember that those who offer help, may need help sometimes too.

Lately, I have been struggling. Having flares of anxiety and repetition of old behaviors, that I am not so proud of. I am so kind to others facing struggle, but I have yet to understand the importance of offering myself the same respect.

Some may suggest therapy, seeking out health professionals. For many that may work. And if that is a tool that works for you, power to you! If you feel comfortable with the process pursue it! For myself, I am not. And I will tell you why.

I have yet to swallow my pride. To understand that the strong fail too. Oh how I despise failing. And I think fear of failure comes from my own personal expectations, to hold it "together". Because if I fall, who will those closest to me lean on? I have strength, therefore if I fall, we all do.

That may sound like an idiotic sentence, and while forming the words I recognize how false a statement it is. However, this is a deep rooted issue for many individuals. And for me this is something I struggle with. Allowing for the world to see my weakness.

One of my best friends, who has recently opened my eyes said to me, " To have the courage to ask for help is not you showing weakness, but strength." It takes a great deal of strength to open up. I find myself suppressing my emotions. Meanwhile, I write weekly about confronting your past. Yet I struggle in the practice I preach.

That is not weakness, yet it is a glimpse of reality. I am thankful for my friend, who noticed a shift within me, to speak up and make sure that I recognize that I am falling. Sometimes you cannot only rely on yourself, and you need to admit that you need help.

My greatest joy is helping others but again I cannot find the generosity in my heart to offer it to myself. I was wrestling with the "why". Why I cannot allow for others to worry about me, why I simply do not want other people to worry about me. It is because that is my job. Then I realized, being a brave individual goes hand in hand with wanting control.

I struggle with allowing for myself to be a mess. To admit when I have lost control of who I am. The issue with a brave face? You rarely let others see you cave. So those around you assume you are stedfast, strong, in control, without a shadow of a doubt ; okay.

I understand not each individual is intuitive. That people miss the signs of when others emotional well beings are compromised. I am grateful for my best friend and her intuitive mind and heart. Recognizing that I have not been completely myself as of late, just an extension.

For those of you , who feel you lack the skill. Those who are not capable of reading between the lines, noticing lack of bravery, please I advise you to check up on the ones who you are usually so sure that are "okay". A simple, "how are you", goes a very long way.

I know I was hoping all day that someone would recognize I was not so myself and ask the question. Thankfully, my best friend did. It is nice to know someone sees you. To understand that you're human, and to remind you that you're human. The brave are allowed to fall.

I note that this also means, the brave need to allow for transparency. Because when you allow for others to see your struggle, it is easier for them to then offer a helping hand. Break your silence, even if it proves that you are not always brave.

Each individual has strengths and weaknesses. My weakness? Being weak. Allowing for myself to strip off the mask of " I am okay", and revealing the " I am not okay".

Again, to be brave is in fact a complicated gift. Being emotionally strong for others, does not mean you do not deserve to also be taken care of. To be offered the same respect of healing and love. Leave behind the idea that those managing others issues, means they can manage their own. Even the bravest of walls can come falling down.

It does not take long to ask a three worded question; " How are you?" I hope those are brave enough to answer honestly.

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