9 Types Of Friends That Every 20 Something Needs In Their Life

9 Types Of Friends That Every 20 Something Needs In Their Life

We may have the same best friend since we were toddlers, or we may consider family members to be our best friends.

By the time we enter our early adulthood stage in life, we have had a history of different types of friendships. We may have the same best friend since we were toddlers, or we may consider family members to be our best friends. Whatever your friendship history may be, here are the types of friendships everyone needs in their life.

Personally, I have been able to have every single one of the following friends talked about below. I’ve had a diverse group where my friends were not all friends with each other. But I was lucky enough to have them in various parts of my lives. Whether it was through school, work, internships, or other forms of life, here are some friends that I have made throughout my 23 years of life.

1. The mom

Everyone has someone, is that someone, or needs this someone in their life. This 20 something has been acting like a middle-aged woman since they hit their teens. They like to drink their tea before bed, dress modest, and give the best advice in times of need. She makes sure everyone is okay and is usually the sober, responsible one at parties. Whenever you make a mistake she’s the one you go to for confession.

2. The comedian

We all need a funny friend. Whether they tell actual jokes, or just know how to say and do the right things at the right time; this friend can turn your day around within minutes of being in their presence. Their ability to crack a smile out of you creates a positive energy that makes you want to be around them 24/7, and can also make you have a stomach ache from all that laughter.

3. The encyclopedia

This is your Brainiac friend who has been destined for Harvard since she came out of the womb. She’s always correcting you, not necessarily in a know-it-all way, but in an “actually you should know this is the correct answer” type of way. Because they’re your friend they’re sort of your built-in tutor, and can edit your school work. They’ll always be there to discuss the latest bestseller from the New York Times, and you can have some of the best intellectual conversations with them.

4. The potato couch

This is the girl that LOVES staying at home on her weekends. Her time being able to cozy up with a glass of wine and in her comfiest yogas, are the times she cherishes most. And when she gets to spend them with her close friends, it’s a peek into her sanctuary. Aside from this, she is possibly your most relaxed friend who doesn’t get worked up about things. In fact, when you get worked up about something, she’s the first person you can go to, to vent without an annoying devil’s advocate arguing back with your thoughts and opinions.

5. The blunt

Don’t get the wrong idea about this one. It’s your friend who is not afraid to say it like it is. Sometimes we all need this friend to really give us the God’s honest truth without sugar coating it. The world isn’t made of daisies and sunflowers all the time, so sometimes we need that friend who isn’t afraid to give it to us as it is. It can make us stronger, braver, and not afraid to be ourselves. You really must be thankful for them.

6. The good girlfriend

This is the girl that always has a boyfriend. Literally always. Ever since you’ve known her she has never been single. But she knows that “hoes before bros,” is the true saying, and she’ll drop everything she needs to in order to be by your side in a time of need. Her boyfriend understands where her loyalty stands and knows that sometimes his needs come second to yours. That also plays as a beautiful third wheel sort of relationship.

7. The party animal

This is your friend that you can go out with and get as wild as you want. She’s always down for a fun time, and even if it’s a spontaneous, let’s skip studying for our exam tomorrow morning type of thing, she is down to do so. She will pick you up when you’re down and make sure you have the night of your life, even if it’s the typical type of night that you’d normally have.

8. The yellow starburst

This friend is the friend that you cannot remember for the life of you how they came into your life, but here they are and they’re not leaving. And you’re not sad about it. They have been nothing but a good friend. They may not hold the typical personality of the friends that you usually hang around, but that’s what makes them so unique. They’re different, they bring a new characteristic to your life, and you still love them just as much as the others.

9. The best friend

Lastly, we have the best friend. This is not just a title; it is a tier. it is a level that can sometimes take months, even years, to achieve. Sometimes it can literally happen overnight. It just happens. They are your person and you wouldn’t trade them for the world. They are your go to, the person you tell everything to, and the person you committed your life to spending with. Whether you see them every day or it’s a long distance, you have an insane amount of love for them, there is no replacing this best friend. They hold the ultimate friendship title and there is no replacing them once it’s given.

So if you’re anything like me with a diverse set of friendships, you’ve had a few of these. It’s interesting to think what your friends may explain you as, but whatever you are, each of these is special and will contribute positively to anyone’s well being.

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.

“It’s so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it but suddenly there right in front of you is everything you ever need.”


Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You’ve taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and more importantly adventurous.

You don’t realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn’t see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can’t see my life without you in it. It’s funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn’t know existed.

I don’t even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn’t have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the ying to my yang, and I don’t care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I’ve learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It’s as if I wished up a best friend, and poof—you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn’t trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

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What It Is Really Like Having Sisters Close To Your Age

While having siblings close to your age is pretty amazing, there can be a lot of issues that can come with it.


I come from a family of 5 people and 1 dog. I have 2 sisters, Grace and Caroline. We are all pretty close in age, Caroline being the youngest and 3 years younger than me.

My sisters and I share a bond like no one else, no one can replicate it. When you have siblings close to your age you have built-in best friends, and since they are around your age you have the same interest, or at least, enough so that you can do things that other siblings cannot. Examples of this would be seeing R-Rated movies and going to the mall without too much complaining, along with being able to shop in the same stores or even share clothes. Grace and I sometimes even split the cost of a shirt we both like.

We even overlap friend groups! Which is not much of a problem for us, Grace and I are both in music programs which overlap enough for us to have the same friends, which is great for when one of us has a sleepover, the other can join in on the fun. Caroline, however, even though she is seen as the sporty one of the 3 of us, she still has a lot of friends who have similar interests as Grace or I, giving us a lot of the same friends. It's nice not to be considered the "cool older sister", I am just like the rest of them.

While we do fight a lot, we make up really quickly, because most issues we have are stupid sibling fights: who gets the T.V., what to have for dinner, what movie to see. But it is always fun because there are 3 of us, which means majority rules, something we tend to go by most of the time depending on the situation.

Having 3 teenagers in the house can be a handful for our parents though, when you have three teenage girls going through puberty at relatively the same time, it can be grueling, especially when you are all on your period at the same time.. (yes, that has happened before) (and yes, it sucks). While I am on the topic, let's say a prayer and a thank you to my dad for dealing with 5 girls (including the dog, obviously) because he does a pretty damn good job at dealing with all of us.

When we were younger, we always had a play date even when one was canceled. We all made up songs and dances and would perform them for our parents. We even had a band called The Halsey Sisters (AKA the female version of The Jonas Brothers) where we had a hit song called "We Got The Heart and Soul". It was a hell of a time. Let's just say the music video for that song is, interesting to say the least.

At the end of the day, I wouldn't switch my sisters for anything in the world, they are my rocks, and I wouldn't want it any other way, Grace, Caroline, keep doing what you're doing, because you're pretty damn awesome.

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