9 Reasons Why Cousins Make the Best Friends

9 Reasons Why Cousins Make the Best Friends

Written for the best cousins ever.

I know I can't be the only one who would be lost without their cousins. They are my best friends, the ones I go to when I am down, and are seriously awesome. Here is why cousins are the best friends.

1. They are born to be friends with you.

From the moment that you and your cousins are born, you are destined to be friends. There is the summer barbecue, Thanksgiving that always seems to go wrong, crazy Christmas Eve, and of course, birthday palooza. Sitting by yourself would get pretty boring, so playing Apples to Apples with your cousins sounds like a better plan.

2. They deal with the same crazy family members.

We all have a crazy Aunt So-and-So that no one really wants to talk to. With your cousins by your side, the divide-and-conquer method helps make the crazy family member encounter quick and painless.

3. They share the same genes as you (and probably jeans too).

Chances are that they deal with similar health issues, or understand to look out for them and know how to help you out. And as for jeans, everyone knows hand-me-downs from cousins are the way to go.

4. They support you like no one else.

They try their hardest to be there for you. From first t-ball games, to final dance recitals, homecoming and prom dances, and spelling bees, they will be there cheering you on and supporting you.

5. They aren’t "fair weather" friends.

Like I said, they are born to be friends with you. They aren’t going to leave you high and dry when you need them. Cousins are dependable and loyal, and better in your wedding party then someone you might not talk to five years later.

6. They understand “Let’s take a cute Instagram.”

If you are snorkeling in the ocean, you have got to document it, and what better way to show you are having a great time than showing who you are spending it with? They work part-time as your personal photographer or pose until the moment is captured perfectly.

7. They will always find something fun to do.

If you want to do something crazy, and not let your parents know, chances are you can talk your cousins into doing it. Spontaneous cousin road trips, dance lessons, scavenger hunts, and concerts are always a good idea. Just don’t break any bones or get tattoos that grandma will yell about the next day.

8. They understand the heartaches.

Because your cousins live them too. Whether it is the death of a family member or loved ones moving away, you are able to get through it together. There is nothing more powerful than uniting together to support each other.

9. They love you unconditionally.

It’s family. No one messes with your family, and they will make sure of it. If you are ever down, they will be there to remind you what an amazing person you are and turn your frown upside down.

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Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

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Being Close To Your Cousins Is The Best Thing That Can Happen To You

Who needs therapists when you have cousins like mine?


My cousins bring out the best in me. When I'm with them, I am happier. They have played a significant role in shaping my mind and my soul. My cousins are the most meaningful people in my life—my life would be incomplete without them. Here are six reasons why cousins are awesome!

1. They help you define yourself 


My cousins know me inside out. When I find myself in situations where a choice has to be made, be it choosing my career or just another pizza, my cousins have helped me choose—they know me so well! There have been times when my cousins knew things about me that I myself didn't know. It's always good to see yourself through others' eyes, and no one can get as real as your cousins.

2. They inspire you 


Dance is something that I feel I was destined to do. It is one hobby I could never give up. My childhood is marked with memories of my cousin Rishabh and I going crazy to Bollywood songs. His passion and energy acted as my fuel. It is with him that I discovered the dancer hidden within me. His love for dance continues to inspire me each day.

3. They are there for you, no matter what 


My cousins have always been there for me, through thick and thin. They have helped me understand and control my emotions. Who needs therapists when you have cousins like mine?

4. You learn so much from them 


My cousin Shivam formed the image of an ideal elder brother in my life. He always stood with what was right and fought against the wrong. I look up to him because in him I see someone who is wise way beyond his years. I see a nurturing, supportive, patient man who is aware of his words and actions. Being the eldest of us all, he made sure we felt happy and safe. From him, I have learned the importance of selfless love, humility, and of always being right. Growing up with these amazing people that I call my cousins, I learned new things every day.

5. They understand you 


They were there through the hair color phase, the nose ring phase, the Taylor Swift phase, and they never judged you.

6. They're like parents, but cooler 


When you make a mistake, they will correct you. When you cross the line, they will put you back in your place. But when you want to go out partying, they'll also help you pick an outfit!

Cousins are a blessing in disguise. And if you have cousins like mine, oh boy, you must be lucky! My cousins make the challenging path toward adulthood worth walking. They make life worth living. And as we part ways and move into different cities, our hearts will always be together and their lessons always with me.

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