Why Relationships Outside of Your Relationship are Important

Why Relationships Outside of Your Relationship are Important

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When you get into a new relationship, it is easy to fall into the puppy love stage. You cannot get enough of each other and want to spend every second together when you first get together. While it is easy to become completely consumed in your relationship, you have to remember that there are other relationships that are just as important, and if you are not careful, you can neglect them. 

You have to remember that you have friends, and they probably don’t want to hear about how great you think he or she is 24/7. They especially don’t want to see it all the time. Take time to do things without each other and hang out with your friends. They can keep you grounded and prevent you from becoming too sappy. 

If you ditch your friends all of the time to be with your girl or guy, you might find that you miss out on things and you might grow distant from even the best of friends if you don’t take time to nurture your friendship. Besides, if things don’t work out in your relationship, you will really need those friends to be there. If you want, you can incorporate your significant other into your friend group and maybe merge both of y'all’s friend groups together. There is nothing better than seeing your boyfriend or girlfriend get along with your best friends.

Family is another important relationship you have to maintain. Especially as a teenager or young adult, you might not consider family relationships as important as romantic ones. Family, in most cases, are the people who will always be there for you and do anything for you, so it’ is important to take time to keep those relationships strong. You can incorporate each other into your families and find that you gain new relationships that way.

It may sound weird, but an important relationship you have to remember to maintain is the one that you have with yourself. When you get together with someone, you lose a little bit of freedom. That is okay, but what you don’t want to lose is yourself. Keep doing those hobbies that you love. Don’t be afraid to be alone and spend time with your thoughts. Stay true to who you are. Compromise but don’t break and maintain your own opinions and dreams. Don’t become a half to a whole; you alone are whole.

Spend as much time as you want with the person you are with. The time when you just cannot get enough of each other is short, anyway. Just remember that other relationships in your life can provide you with things that a romantic relationship cannot, and for that reason, they are important to have.

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

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

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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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Mamas Are A Girl's Best Friend, And Here Are 3 Reasons Why

My best friend is 25 years older than me, and no, that's not weird.

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No, it isn't Mother's Day or anything like that. Don't panic. You didn't forget it or miss it. The great thing is, it doesn't have to be Mother's Day for you to send some love your mama's way. You should remind her that you love her whenever you can. Not only did she birth you, but she's the best friend a girl can ask for –– for a variety of reasons.

1. She was there for all of the ups and downs.

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Your mom was there for every good and bad you've experienced almost your entire life. From scraping your knee on the playground to your first break-up, from potty training to graduation. She has shared all of the tears and all of the laughter. She knows the names of every crush you've ever had, all of your best friends, and all of your worst enemies. She's seen you do embarrassing things, and let's be honest, she's probably seen you behave like a big jerk. But, no matter you've done or said in a misplaced fit of frustration she has never judged you, and she always still loves you after the fact.

2. She knows you better than you know yourself. 

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Because your mom has been there for both the highlight reel and bloopers of your existence, she probably knows more about you than anyone else. She knows your pet peeves, your bad habits, your darkest secrets. She never forgets your birthday and always knows what the best gift would be for you. She has your favorite colors, meals, movies, and books memorized. When you're not feeling well or you're sad, she almost always knows what the problem is or how to help. She also always knows what to say when you need advice.

3. She is always the person you call. 

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Speaking of needing advice, your mother is always the first person you call when you do. Even after you move out and go off to do you- whether it be for college or something else. Why? Well, as was stated earlier, she always knows what to say.

She knows you. She loves you. She's seen you through it all. She's also lived a lot of life for herself. She's a grown woman who has experienced a lot, and she usually knows a thing or two about the way the world works.

If you want to know what medicine to get for your cold, if you are concerned about a weird rash, if you have a question about your taxes, or if your car is making a funny noise, your mom is almost always the person you pick up the phone to call. She always picks up, and she always has the answer.

We should all be grateful for mothers. My mom is my best friend. Moms are important and necessary, throughout your whole childhood and adolescence, and even after you are an adult out on your own. She will always be there for you, and she'll always love you. She has the best answers to your dilemmas, and she always cares.

She knows you, and she cares about you, more than any other friend you have probably ever would or could. So, thank your mother today for being the best friend a daughter could ask for. It doesn't take much, even just a small text to let her know you're thinking of her. Let her know you appreciate her.

Thank her for being there for you.

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