If Members Of The Squad Were Members Of The Family

If Members Of The Squad Were Members Of The Family

Not everyone can be the fun aunt.

If you're fortunate enough to have a squad of best friends, you know they are an eclectic group of people. You are all so different in so many ways, yet you all fit together so perfectly. Sure you have petty arguments about things like, "Is 'Die Hard' a Christmas movie?" (The answer is no, by the way). But you all love each other no matter what; you're just one big, happy family. Just like in every family, everyone has their own role to fill. And if you are fortunate enough to have a friend squad, you definitely fill at least one of these roles.

1. The Protective Mom

There is always one person that takes care of everyone else. Whether it's them making the plans ahead of time, being the one to clean up after hanging out or reminding everyone to bring sunscreen/a coat/whatever essentials are necessary for that day, they are level-headed and always have their lives together.

2. The Nerdy Dad

There's at least one friend who makes super corny jokes and can't stop talking about the newest development in technology. They love the Grateful Dead, and hate anything that is pop culture. This friend also loves to wear worn-out jeans and sneakers, and does not care what is considered "cool" or "uncool."

3. The Overachieving Sibling

At least "overachieving" is what everyone calls it, but this friend is actually just naturally good at everything. He/she probably won Prom King/Queen in high school, and has a plethora of talents from music to sports and more. The worst part is that he/she is super nice, so even hating them for their perfection is hard.

4. The People-Pleasing Younger Sibling

As the youngest, they just want to make everyone happy. They will go along with any plans as long as they are included. They never complain about anything, say yes to every invitation (even if it's an invitation to wander around Target) and they are the first ones to crack a joke when everyone else is fighting about where to go to dinner.

5. The Wild Child

No one can show you a good time quite like this friend. Whether it's going to parties until the sun rises or sitting at home and laughing at memes on Twitter, you always have the time of your life when this friend is involved. They are constantly making jokes, doing crazy things and are down to do anything that involves having fun.

6. The Optimistic Child

There is always one person who is childlike in an innocent and optimistic way. They are always coming up with fun activities for the group, such as organizing a scavenger hunt or bringing a s'mores kit to the bonfire. They are in their own little world, and they are the sunshine of the group.

7. The Weird Uncle

They love making obscure movie references and usually have opinions that differ from everyone else's that they strongly stand by. This person is the butt of a lot of jokes, but they take it like a champ. This friend is a little overbearing, and may say some crazy things from time to time, but he/she loves the group with their whole heart, so we accept them for who they are.

8. The Fun, Crazy Aunt

This friend is nowhere near settling down. They're really successful even though it seems like they never have their life together. They have a lot of crazy stories to tell, and they would rather be out making memories even if it means experiencing some shambles along the way.

9. The Quirky Cousin

This friend is cool but in an unconventional way. They know how to play a bunch of obscure songs on the guitar (or will make up their own), and they're known to doodle on any drawable surface they can find. They go to art school and can climb a tree at impressive rates. Sometimes you can't even keep up with their quirkiness, but you're just grateful that they provide you with good mood music and artsy photos for your Instagram.

10. The Grandmother

They like to be in bed by 10 p.m., and they absolutely adore their pet cats. They love spending time with the squad, but getting them out of the house can be a little difficult because they're homebodies. Much like the mother, this grandmother likes to take care of everyone, but in an hands-off way. They are always the one to bring over snacks and offer everyone a ride home.

11. The One Who Helps You Hide The Body

When I say "hide the body," I mean in a figurative way, of course. But when you get into some trouble, this friend is the one you turn to. They will help you fix your mistakes without ever mentioning it to anyone else. They tend to be on the quieter side, and they are fiercely loyal. If you did happen to get yourself in an unfortunate circumstance, they would totally have your back.

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

Forever my number one guy.

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.


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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