When Your BFF Is Your Roommate, As Told By How I Met Your Mother

When Your BFF Is Your Roommate, As Told By How I Met Your Mother

Although it may seem like you guys spend way too much time with each other, it can really only bring you closer.
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Living with a roommate may seem like a daunting task, but when your roommate is your friend life is like a never ending slumber party. There are undoubtedly some highs and some lows, but ultimately it is an amazing experience. You learn simple things about each other, such as exactly how they take their coffee or what foot they put their sock on first. Although it may seem like you guys spend way too much time with each other, it can really only bring you closer.

1. Well, since you're living together you will most likely develop some similar mannerisms

Whether it be some interesting phrases, or odd habits, since you two are roommates AND friends you probably spend at least 24 hours a day with them, therefore only making sense that you'll morph into the same person.

2. Waking up after a long night to see your roommate across from you

Whether it be a long night studying or a late night out partying, nothing is more relieving than waking up to see your roommate also struggling from the lack of sleep the two of you experienced. You may be exhausted, but hey at least you're in this together.

3. There will never be a dull moment... ever

Even the simplest of tasks become an experience. From assembly line folding your laundry to excessively vacuuming your carpet, you have a built-in buddy to make the time go by faster!

4. You can share clothes and shoes and food and pretty much anything else

The closest store is only a closet away! Living together is a major task to accomplish, so undoubtedly you'll be close enough to share your roomie's clothes. Whether it be their extra set of rain boots or that cute shirt they wore to class, typically, what's theirs is also yours (as long as you ask).

5. You'll never have to go it alone whether it's a tough time...

There will be undoubtedly many trials and tribulations throughout your life, and while your family may not be there to comfort you, your roommate will be there to hold you tight. Whether it's something you just need to get off your chest or some late night bonding your friend will be there to comfort you.

6. ...or an amazing time.

You'll always have someone to share your successes with. Whether that are a massive deal, like landing your dream internship, or seemingly minute, like not touching the shower wall. You guys will have endless moments where you laugh, at some small thing, until your stomach hurts.

7. It is like having your own personal cheerleader.

Whether you're studying for a big exam or prepping for a date, you're roommate, although they can't take your test for you or sit in in your date, they will be cheering you on before, and either congratulating or comforting you after.

8. The jam sessions are ENDLESS.

Even if you disagree on certain genres, there will always be those classics that you can't help but jam out to not matter the time of day.

9. No matter how long you've been separated or what your day has been like you always will have each other.

Yes you guys may get into little arguments, it happens, but at the end of the day you'll always have each other to come back to.

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8 Things I Have Not Thanked My Best Friend Forever For In, Well, Forever

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1. Being there through it all, even if you're not "physically" there

We can't always be together, but you have never completely "left" me behind and have been there with me through thick and thin and I am so grateful.

2. Being my biggest cheerleader

Thank you for not only being there through the bad, but also celebrating my victories with me. I can always look forward to telling you good news because I know you'll be happy right along with me.

3. Answering my "important" phone calls

Whether it's a "he texted me back!!!" phone call, or an "I found a gray hair, please help!!" phone call, you pick up the phone and hype up with me no matter what.

4. Being selfless, and going above & beyond to make sure I know I'm worthy

This explains itself and I am so grateful for that.

5. Brushing my hair when I don't feel like it

Okay, this probably sounds silly... But it's the greatest struggle to brush my hair and I'm glad you do it for me sometimes!

6. For being there through all of my mini-crises

You already know what I'm talking about here...

7. For talking me out of things

If it wasn't for you talking me out of things, I'd probably have quit my job, be dating a horrible guy, got my eyebrow pierced, etc.

8. Making me a part of your family

I'm too lucky to have you all as my second family.

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Help, I Have A Lot Of Feelings

Finding Purpose in All Those Feelings

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I, 100%, believe you can manifest your own reality. It's disturbing how "feelings" quickly go from scenarios that we create in our heads to a toxic reality.

When I was really sick, I could think of countless reasons to hate myself. It felt like those reasons were piling up and barricading me into my own personal prison of self-disgust. But as I have continued my journey to be stronger than my eating disorder, I am learning that if can convince myself, with the power of my mind, that these feelings are all valid, I can also convince myself that I am actually sufficient, capable, competent, enough, strong and qualified. This power lies in recognizing the difference between feeling and knowing.

Knowledge is constant while feelings vary based on circumstance. I know my best friend loves me even when she doesn't text me back. I may, for a moment, feel like she doesn't care about what I have to say because of the circumstance. But that doesn't change what I know to be true. My best friend loves me.

Being "feelings driven" is a dangerous way to live. It led me to become an empty and shallow version of myself. I was unhealthy and dissatisfied. But I found new life after deciding not to let the way I feel dictate what I knew is true.

If feelings change so often, how can they hold such power over us? Surely they must play some sort of significant role in our lives. Of course they do. Feelings provide us with the opportunity to act. They show us that something might need to change. Typically, we want it to change as soon as possible. If you're feeling bored, you text or call your friends. If you're feeling hungry, you go get food. Feelings give us the opportunity to react. These reactions can affect you positively or negatively. The important thing to remember is that, when you are prompted with a feeling, you always get decide the reaction.

When I was sick, I was very familiar with feeling "gross", "fat", "uncomfortable", and other untrue ways to describe my physical appearance. The reaction that came with that feeling wreaked havoc on me mentally and physically. I could not get through a day of meals without feeling extreme guilt. This guilt was overbearing and it would not go away until I responded with my trigger reaction. Even with these rash and dangerous choices I was making, one thing remained constant. I never felt the way I wanted to. I did not feel beautiful. I did not feel strong. I woke up every single day without any change.

When you are prompted with a feeling that deserves a reaction, make it a beneficial one. I still have many moments when I feel bad about the way I look. Only now, my language about it has changed. I don't take that feeling as an opportunity to hurt myself. Instead, I write about it, call a friend, pray and ask God to help me see myself as He sees me or even just distract myself from the thoughts with some TV.

I cannot count on feelings to fuel my thoughts and take over my mind. Because even though they can bring about the right kind of actions, they have the power to bring you a world of trouble. Acknowledge your feelings. They're there for a reason. Welcome the good feelings, don't be afraid of the negative ones. Just be ready with what you know to combat them. Remind yourself with the truth about who you are constantly, making it your first language. Feelings are temporary and based on circumstance.

Think of the feeling you get when you are so tired after a long and busy day. What comforts you? Knowing the fact that when you get home, you will be able to sleep. You know you will be okay. This same practice of comforting yourself with the truth can and should be done with any negative feeling. Knowing that you will not feel that way forever can protect you from dangerous reaction, whatever it may be. Let it remind you that the temporary state of discomfort, pain, or dissatisfaction, will eventually go away and you will be feeling another way once again.

Feelings are fleeting and changing. They are here one second and gone the next. So to put something so valuable, like your worth or your future, in something so fickle, just sounds foolish. Use feelings for what they are for: to inspire change. What I know is that I AM STRONG even on the days I feel weak, I AM BRAVE even on the days I feel afraid, I AM CAPABLE even on the days I feel unfit for my calling. Any feelings that are not driving me to truth don't stand a chance against what I know.

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