by Claire Davidson ~ It’s easy to take for granted the ways a bestie can impact our lives. The fact is, when you have someone that can listen to you without judgment, be there whenever you need her, and make you laugh with just a look, you haven’t just found a friend, you’ve found a lifelong love. Full story here:
  1. They're an expert translator.
    Luckily, I don’t need to explain my hyperbolic statements to my BFF. For example, she knows I’m not being literal when I say I waited in line for 100 hours or that something is literally the worst. She doesn’t question when I say gruel because I was trying to say “cool” and “great” at the same time a la Mean Girls, or wince at my terrible impressions. She gets my drift and doesn’t misinterpret much, and for that I am so thankful.
  2. They act as your crisis management system.
    Ok, so your bestie isn’t a licensed professional therapist. (If you’re having trouble, it’s always a good idea to reach out to one of those instead of just your BFF.) And it’s not a good idea to call them up ten times a day whenever you have a potential problem. But let’s face it: no one’s as good in a crisis as your bestie. When you’re faced with a hard decision, needing a shoulder to cry on, or even a little tough love, a friend that knows you better than you know yourself is indispensable.
  3. Your bestie is the best matchmaker
    Even if your bestie doesn’t set you up with someone, they always seem to know when something’s built to last or not worth a second date. She can tell when you’re super into someone or when a date will be “meh” often before you can. You trust her with your wifi password, your bank account, and sometimes even your tindr profile, and no dating mishap is too embarrassing to tell her. A true bestie will always be there for you, no matter the relationship status of either of you.
  4. They’re your stylise
    Don’t even get me started on the time my BFF and I—in our later twenties—ventured to a popular chain story and realized the sizes were not what we thought. (That was not a medium romper, that was a child’s extra small, I swear to God.) I’m blessed with a bestie who will tell me her honest opinion about what I’m wearing and doesn’t sugar coat the fact that I have major romper wedgie and need to take that off before anyone sees me.
  5. They’re your cheerleader
    There’s nothing like getting a “good luck” text on the first day of a new job, or a “tell me all the details” request right after a first date. Knowing there’s a person who thinks about the details of your life feels ultra special. A good friend is someone who roots for you 24/7, someone who’s in your corner and wants you to succeed. Throughout my life, I’ve often overlooked the fact that a friend can play such a supportive role, but really, that’s what friends are for.
  6. They’re your family, too
    We love our families, but we didn’t pick them. That fact is never more apparent than during holidays, weddings, or times when you feel like an outsider within your genetically-given fam. Enter: your bestie. If you haven’t started a Friendsgiving or at least a yearly cocktail hour the week of Christmas, you’re missing out. Your bestie is your sister from another mister. You may not share the same genes, but you’re often of the same mind. And that’s the beauty of a BFF.