8 Reasons Why My Best Friends Forever Are, In Fact, Forever

8 Reasons Why My Best Friends Forever Are, In Fact, Forever

No matter what happens, they are my people.

My friends mean the world to me. They are there for me through the ups and downs of life. They make me smile and they make me cry (happy tears). Here are 8 reasons why I know they will be around forever

1. They are there for me whenever I need them.

I can call on them at 8 AM or at 2 AM and my best friends would be there for me.

2. I don’t remember life without them.

Whether I have known them for six months or six years, I don’t remember life without them. I feel like they have always been around.

3. We have the same values.

We value the same things in life. At the core, this is what keeps us close.

4. We get through everything together.

My high school best friends and I went through college applications together. My college best friends and I have gone through freshman year and all the struggles together. We stick by each other's sides.

5. We know too much about each other.

Not saying that just because I know everything about my best friends and can read their minds means we are going to be friends forever. It is the fact that we understand each other and know where our thoughts and feelings come from.

6. We know how to listen to each other.

It sounds like a simple task, but very few people are as attentive as my best friends. They wait for me to finish my, sometimes long, rants. They know, also, that I love listening to them as well.

7. We never sugarcoat with each other.

I’m never afraid to be honest with them, and they are never afraid to be honest with me, even if the truth will sometimes hurt. If I think a guy is just not that into them, I don’t create excuses. I know they would do the same for me. They don’t create “what ifs” to temporarily make me feel better. We’re way too close to sugarcoat anything.

8. Their family feels like my family.

We treat each other’s family like they are our own. Their parents are my extra set of parents and I have more siblings because of them.

So to my best friends, thanks for always being there in the past, being here now and being there for me in the future. I know you have my back and I will always have yours. Best friends forever.

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10 Little Blessings You Get With A Guy Best Friend

There are times when a girl just needs to have a guy around.

Having a group of female friends is so nice and I feel extremely blessed to have mine. But there are times when a girl just needs to have a guy around. There are certain things to love about him and sometimes having the girls around just isn't the same. He is so patient and so amazing. There are so many great things that come with having a guy best friend.

1. A great listener

Guys are really great at hearing you out and taking what you say seriously. Girls do that, too, but guy best friends just seem to know when to be quiet.

2. A man's opinion

When it comes to getting advice on boys and boy problems, there is nothing better than getting that from a guy. They know how their brains work and they have your heart in mind when telling you what's up.

3. Honesty

With guys, there's no sugarcoating. They have every intention of being honest and to the point. When you ask for their opinion, know you're getting the truth, no matter how brutal.

4. A fake boyfriend

if the guy who slid into your DMs is acting weird, you can tell him you have a boyfriend even when you don't as long as you have a guy best friend. And he'll probably do a really great job.

5. Someone who laughs at your bad jokes

This specifically applies to any dirty or dry jokes. If you're a girl with a kind of boyish humor, you love having a guy best friend to crack jokes with.

6. A bigger appetite than yours

Guys are known to eat far more than girls. It's awesome because when you get food, you can eat a lot and not feel bad for it. Also, there is a much better chance of getting food, because he's always hungry.

7. A broader shoulder to cry on

When you're upset, having a guy's shoulder to cry on is great. You feel safe and guarded even as an emotional wreck.

8. An example of the perfect guy

A guy best friend is the supportive brother you may not have. They care about you and our safety. They're looking out for you and your heart.

10. Great hugs

This is by far the best benefit of having a guy best friend. They give the best hugs. They have bigger, stronger arms for maximum quality.

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You Can Give Your Friends Advice About Love, But It's Up To Them To Actually Listen And Follow It

A good friend will always keep your best interests at heart.

He's drunk and crying and I'm hurting and we're on Skype together and it's a Saturday night. My heart is broken because of him and even more, now, because his is broken, too. The other girl, the one he passed me up to date, just announced that they're not exclusive when they are. All he wants to do is be in love and all I want to do is show him that I can love him. He's not honest with himself about her and I'm not completely honest about my feelings for him about her. I decided to hide my anger and just be the "supportive" friend that I thought that I could be.

I want to tell him that he should have chosen me but it's not the time.

So I tell him that her not claiming him even though she says she feels strongly for him and he reciprocates the feeling, is a red flag. I tell him her flirting with other guys and her getting upset with other girls flirting with him is a red flag. In a soft sympathetic voice, I tell him that this girl is a walking red flag.

I can't be anything but honest.

I know it's something that he doesn't want to hear but it's something that needs to be said. I don't want my friend to get hurt even though we've just met but a friend is a friend. I have to be honest with him because I'd want him to be honest with me in situations like these. It's a sign that he has my back as much as I have his.

I tell him that this brutal honesty is out of love and respect for him. I'm grateful that he appreciates it. I'm secretly frustrated because I know he won't take it into careful consideration.

It's Sunday afternoon and we're on Skype and he's updating me on the talk they had with each other. I know he's settling with being mistreated. I tell him to not be with her and just move on with someone.

Secretly, I want him to move on to me. I know he won't. I'm still sympathetic. And I'm at my wits end with him. "She's not right for you," I say to him.

A few weeks later, I give him a talk that I like to call "Givers and Takers." She's hurt him, again and again, I'm picking up the pieces. I tell him that there are two kinds of people in relationships: givers and takers. I tell him he's a giver and she is a taker. I tell him that she's going to continue to take from him and only give when he calls her out for it but only for a little bit. I tell him that he shouldn't be with someone that will only take from him.

Kindly, like the good man he is, he defends her and her actions. We sit in silence for some time.

"Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe," I softly say to him. I don't get angry with him like I normally do. I'm content with the fact of not being listened to but my honesty about his relationship will never waiver. The core qualities of being a true friend never waiver.

In a perfect world, I wish he realized that he is in love with a wicked girl who loves wickedly. I wish he realized that he's loving stupidly and that his love isn't safe, too. He still doesn't listen but he tells me he appreciates my honesty. And, that's all that matters.

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