Why Cousins Make The Best Of Friends

Why Cousins Make The Best Of Friends

After years of being together and growing up it’s only natural that you become the best of friends.
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If you’re anything like me, you grew up without any sisters. Although that’s all I wanted in life, I only had a brother to torment and in return had a pest to annoy me. But what my parents did to compensate for the lack of a female to look up to and have as a sister was that they raised my cousin and me to grow up as sisters. So for my whole life, I grew up with a cousin who played the role of a sister, and as I got older she played the role of a best friend. The luck I’ve been given of having a cousin is as follows:

They’re your built-in best friend.
After years of being together and growing up, it’s only natural that you become the best of friends. You have created so many memories that have resulted in not only a bonding experience but also incidents that have resulted in laughter and memories that you talk about through adulthood.

They’ve been there since the beginning.
They’ve known you longer than anyone there is and have been through every stage of life with you. Diaper days, awkward middle school days, that high school stage where you made mistakes and embarrassing choices, everything. They’re also the only person who has rights to make fun of your horrid, tacky, fashion choices.

You can’t survive family functions without them.
They’re the only person that you can joke with and crack inside jokes about how embarrassing your weird uncle is or how annoying your aunt is being. They’re there to help you escape having to participate in family bonding and you guys can laugh about all the weird antics after the fact.

There’s never any competition.
Since they’re not a direct sibling, you don’t feel the need to compare yourselves in order to strive for your parent’s attention. You both only uplift each other and celebrate each other’s accomplishments. While you’re both there for each other, you know how to motivate each other to help one another achieve success.

Vacations mean getting to see your cousin.
Family vacations generally meant being able to see one another and you looked forward to that more than anything else about the trip. It was always a countdown when you were a week out from seeing each other, and the moment your flight touched down the immediate text saying, “I’m here,” was the first thing to cross your mind.

You each know each other’s crushes, best friends, etc.
Whenever you reunite it’s only common knowledge that you update each other on your lives, who’s who, who’s important, etc. They know each of your crushes by first and last name, and they have a strong opinion on them whether it’s good or bad.

Your parents accidentally refer you guys as siblings rather than cousins.
You spend so much time together and may bicker jokingly that your parents will sometimes say “tell your sister, I mean tell your cousin to do this.” Bonus points if it doesn’t faze you when this happens.

They’re always there for you to vent to.
No matter what the situation is or what the circumstances are, they’ll let you vent about anything and give their honest feedback, but also sympathize with your emotions and take on the situation. And these vent sessions can be in the middle of the day or the middle of the night.

So if you’re anything like me, you’ve been blessed with the best cousin you could ask for. You sometimes forget you're only cousins because they’re the sibling you didn’t have, or they’re one of your best friends. It’s a lucky situation that not everyone gets to experience, but if you do, don’t take it for granted.

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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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To The Best Friend Every Girl Should Be Blessed Enough To Have

You definitely deserve all the love.

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I have not written this letter, but it has been on my list of "to write" for forever. She keeps asking when I will write one about her and every time I tell her, soon.

Well here it is. The truth on why it took so long? No words seem to do everything justice. No matter how I put them or how I want them to sound, the page always makes them look weird and they always sound lame.

But finally, here it is. Best friend, this one is for you.

First and foremost I will start with a holy cow. We have been best friends for only a short time because who knew your "in school friend" from all those math classes would actually turn into this? We put off hanging out outside of school for years, and finally, after suffering through all that algebra we decided enough was enough.

I wish we had sooner.

I wish I had gotten more time with you before we both moved away to college - but ill take whatever time I get with you because well… you're incredible.

Thank you.

Thank you for finally agreeing to hang out with me.

Thank you for listening to every rant ever - whether it was a paragraph long text, a 2 hour FaceTime call or an hour-long car ride.

Thank you for ordering planners with me and spending nights decorating them with me (we are such losers).

Thank you for letting me become a part of your family.

Thank you for going to Friendly's, IHOP and Target at the most ungodly hours.

Thank you for encouraging me in everything I do, and stopping me from making bad decisions.

Thank you for telling me the truth, despite if it hurt me or not, I know now you will never lie about your feelings towards someone (LOL).

Basically, thank you for everything you have done for me. You have made me a better person and you encourage me to be my best self every single day.

Moving on I want to make it clear how incredibly proud of you I am. I love getting texts from you about your love for your classes, and how you want to be president of this club and president of that. How you help out kids, and how you host events. I love hearing about your major and the classes you are so incredibly excited to take. Watching you be so passionate about what you are doing and becoming makes me want to feel the same way in everything I do.

I hope someday my kids are your students because, in your hands, I know they can change the world.

Last but not least, I love you. And you're stuck with me.

Love,

Your forever number one fan

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