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21 Reasons I Fully Support My Best Friend Turning 21 Before Me

And every age after that.

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My best friend just turned 21 and at first thinking about how I have a whole year before we can hit the bars (legally) together, made me feel a little sad. I wondered how much more fun this summer could be if we were both "of age," but then I thought about how great it's been to have been able to see her go through all of life's big moments just a little before me.

She's the big sister you've always wanted because she's not annoying about it! Yes, she's older, but we can still relate to absolutely everything the other is going through, she just has a few more stories to go along with the advice she gives.

Here are 21 things that happen when your best your best friend is a year older than you.

1. You have the "big sister, little sister" relationship, without taking it to extremes

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There's no question I look up to her, but I know she looks up to me too.

2. Yes she's older than me, but no one think it's weird that we're Bffs

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We've introduced each other to so many different people I can't keep track, and never once has anyone questioned our different ages or grades.

3. You can watch her go through everything in life before you and learn from her experiences

Whether it be finding an internship, relation struggles, friend drama, and eventually navigating through real world, I feel more prepared because I've been by her side as she's tackled it first.

4. But we're still at the same maturity level to understand each other's problems and their relevancy

There's never been a time where something she says goes over my head, or listening to me rant is like listening to a 3rd grader. We're so close in age that we just get it even if we're not living it, and our combined experiences equals total success.

5. When it comes to grade school a year makes a big difference, so both of our social circles we're hella expanded

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In high school especially I always felt like I knew so many people, because if they weren't my friends they were her's.

6. Yet it's not weird for either of you to hang out with each other's friends

It doesn't feel like you're hanging out with the "big kids" or the "little kids" when we hung with each other's friends, it was just more friends.

7. You can have entirely different groups of friends and there will NEVER (dare I even say it) be an ounce of jealousy

Jealousy just isn't a thing, because no matter what you do always have your own stuff going on.

8. Your parents always think she's super responsible (not that she's not, but iykyk) so they'll give you more freedom then usual because "she's older"

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Story of my life growing up! So much so that I would actually get annoyed when I hung out with friends in my grade, because there were so many rules and it was like we could do anything fun! This also may just be our parents letting us roam...see number 17.

9. She got her license a whole year sooner than you, so it was like you got yours a year early

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Bye bus! See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya.

10. It was super cool when she was in High School and you were in Middle School

2011 Me: "Yeah well, my best friends in High School, so..."

11. She's been there, and done that, so your crazy party stories are always welcomed with open arms

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More like encouraged.

12. You mature slightly sooner than your others friends

The minute she stepped foot on a college campus I was SO OVER all things high school.

13. You'll always keep her young, even if it's just a little

And youth is the ultimate desire.

14. There's no competition because you're never at the exact same moment in life

You just want each other to succeed so you can achieve your lifelong dream of world domination together.

15. She ALWAYS wants the best for you because no one wants to be slaying the game solo

Also, world domination.

16. She's wiser than you, without being annoying about it

There will never be a "when I was your age", but she still has so much she can teach you.

17. She used to babysit you

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This one is unique to us because I can't see anyone else's parent's allowing a 6th and 7th grader to stay home alone together for half a school week, but I'm so glad ours did.

18. You always have someone looking out for you

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And she's never been afraid to throw hands.

19. With the year difference, you've always lead slightly different lives, so you've known from day one how to thrive through seperation

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Growing up we never had the luxury of having classes or lunch periods together, but we've made it work since day 1 so now its just second nature.

20. She's the best and worst influence

If she's my worst influence then take a deep breath mom and dad because things are looking up!

21. She turns 21 before you

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If you're 21, I'm 21.

There's no one I'd rather have as my best friend.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.

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From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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