There are things you can only do and say in the presence of your best friend and no one else. Sure, mom may know what's going on at school, but not what's going on among classmates. We can all talk to dad about cars and sports. Our siblings are there when we need someone to save us - or to playfully torture.
All these qualities can be found in your best friend
Some people believe having many friends is better; you get a friend for every situation. The only setback is that there's a kind of freedom that's limited when it comes to people who are simply JUST friends.
Why settle for ordinary friendships when you have a best friend for all seasons and situations?
When you have a best friend, you've got someone to experience life's best moments or disasters with, both literally and figuratively.
1. Listen to each other's rants, whatever the topic
Terrible, disgusting, random - no matter the topic, having a best friend means there will ALWAYS be someone to talk to. Topics will range from what you had for breakfast to the math homework you can't quite figure out (which ends in you two calculating the carbs both of you consumed instead).
You're not only ugly crying together at the sappiest or most heartbreaking movies, you have also laughed obnoxiously at things no one else would find far from funny.
Because sometimes, all we need is a person willing to listen to our ridiculous, deepest, darkest thoughts. There's barely any room for judging in a best friend-ship.
2. Spend time together doing nothing at all, or everything at once
"Actually, I think it's the opposite. We know each other so well there isn't anything left to say. Sometimes it's nice just sitting here with you all, thinking. It's only best friends who can be comfortable with silence, wouldn't you say?" ― Benjamin Wood
I can no longer count the number of times we've made plans to come over and spend the day in each other's room, but I do remember that a majority of those were spent doing nothing. On the other hand, there were also days where we squeezed in as many activities as we could in 24 hours, as if it were the last day we'd ever see each other.
A best friend is someone you'd feel comfortable glamming it all up with, or bumming it out in sweats and oversized t-shirts. If you can't be yourself in each other's presence, why are you even best friends?
3. Solve awkward situations together
"That was our friendship: equal parts irritation and cooperation." - Ransom Riggs
Had a period accident? You can definitely count on each other for an extra pad. However, if the situation goes out of control, you know she'll be willing to buy you a new pair of undies and pants if she has to. Clothing mishaps are instantly solved by a rummage through each other's closets.
4. Support each other's plans
Whether it be stalking someone on each other's behalf as a way of being stealthy, or by lying to cover up for each other, you've got yourself a special agent.
No matter what you're doing, it's the golden rule of friendship to drop everything for your best friend when she needs you. Just like boys rush to their fellas, girls too will come running to their best friend in times of crisis.
It doesn't matter what religion you belong in. You'll still pray to Buddha about your best friend's hopes and dreams. Praying together is also an option. It's a beautiful feeling, being able to openly talk about and to God with each other. I guess this is what they mean when someone is your "soul sister."
A best friend is someone who brings out the best in you. And if ever our "best" runs out, they'll be right there to encourage us emotionally, spiritually and physically. There's nothing a long, tight hug from our bestie can't fix.
We may not have the same religion or beliefs, but we support each other no matter what.
6. Tells you the truth no matter how harsh it is
"That was what a best friend did: hold up a mirror and show you your heart." - Kristin Hannah
They have a way of making the most unpleasant things nice. You tell each other the truth, no matter how ridiculous and harsh they may be. Admit it; they're the only ones you can compliment and insult at the same time. Criticism is second nature and is rarely ever considered as offense. None of us would mind if our best friend told us we gained a little weight. Heck, they'll even join you in workouts and help you shed those unwanted pounds fast.
Some scolding and (loving) judgment is healthy every once in awhile. How else do you expect your BFF to keep you in check?
7. Like and hate the same things
You watch the same shows, like almost the same kind of music, artists and stars. Even if your interests don't match up yet, eventually they will. Habits and preferences tend to rub off on each other easily. This includes people, too. You both live by the "your enemy is my enemy" motto.