Girl Friends Are Just As Important As Girlfriends (If Not More)

Girl Friends Are Just As Important As Girlfriends (If Not More)

Snaps to all the girl friends out there.
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I recently read an article from Clemson creator Maddie Rogers about how "Boy Friends Are Just As Important As Boyfriends," meaning that having a guy friend is just as important (if not more important) than having a romantic male partner. I think the same is true for guys on the other side.

Oh yeah, girlfriends are nice because they are always going out of their ways to be extra sweet to us, even when we don't deserve it. They remember all of the important things so we don't have to. They put up with our obnoxious habits when nobody else will, and that's how you truly know they love you. Perhaps most importantly, they pierce through the emotionless rocks that we once were and make us feel things we've never felt before.

Not to take away from girlfriends, because all of these things are nice, but girl friends do a lot of this and more.

Girl friends teach us about the hundreds of personalities a girl can have. Where a girlfriend might try to hide her bad sides to please you, a girl friend is going to go batshit crazy on you if she feels like it, or not. There is no sugarcoating a girl friend — you get her for what she is. She can be your cup of tea or your shot of whiskey.

Girl friends help us work on ourselves as men. Girl friends won't castrate you at a bar because you forgot to shave or just threw a shirt and hat on to go out-- odds are, your girl friend will help you embrace confidence no matter how you look. They might put up with more of your negative aspects, but they will still hold you to a standard and keep you in line when necessary.

Perhaps most importantly, your girl friend can be a go-to for things you can't talk to guys about but are embarrassed to talk to your girlfriend about. Emotions suck, and everyone has to deal with them differently — girl friends help a lot of guys out here get through it. These are the girls who can be like a big sister to you. But if a guy ever f***ed her over, you'd turn from boy friend to big brother REAL quick.

Girl friends can teach you more about girls in 10 minutes than your dad did your entire life. They help us see how girls REALLY think, where a girlfriend might disguise this. Girl friends help us men, as the dumber, more inferior gender, get things right before we attempt this "love" thing.

To quote Maddie from her article (because I absolutely loved this),

"(Girl)friends are great and are there for so much, but, without our (girl) friends, it's safe to say, we probably wouldn't have our (girl)friends."

Snaps to all the girl friends out there. To the ones who will put down a six-pack, go get pizza at 2 a.m., and give us the secrets to making our future girlfriends a little less mad at us every day.

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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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