With Valentine’s Day come and gone, the love bug is still extremely contagious. But some of us won’t be bit this year, and we’ll be spending the day celebrating a different kind of love — friendship. We want to take a minute and celebrate awesome friends and the ways that they make our lives better just by being in them.
Friends are the family we get to choose. They are the people who have seen us at our best and our worst and support us through it all.
A friend is someone who will call you out privately when you’re wrong, but will stand by you in public. You can tell your buddies anything, ask them any question and know that they’ll be honest with you.
They are your sounding board and you know that they’ll never let you make a fool out of yourself or make a bad decision — at least without telling you that that’s what you’re going to do.
When you need advice, your friends are there to listen and help you figure out what the right move is. They can help you think through even the most complicated situation and make a good decision about what action to take.
They are there to celebrate the beginning of a relationship with you. They listen to you brag about your new love interest and retell the same stories over and over again.
And if the relationship is unhealthy, your friends watch out for you. They’ll speak up and let you know if they think that something isn’t right. In an abusive relationship, your friends can be so important. They can support you while you’re experiencing the abuse and help you leave the relationship if that’s what you decide to do.
If you are in a relationship and it ends, your friends are always there to lift you up when you’re down. The will watch bad movies with you, take you out and introduce you to new friends to get your mind off of your break up. They will make you laugh and build you up to make you feel better. They will help you through it.
Your friends are there for you no matter what. They love and support you through everything and will always have your back.
So if you flew solo this Valentine’s Day, think about spending some time this week with your other soul mates — your BFF’s.
Share this with a friend who makes you feel loved and supported. Thank them for being a good friend to you and promise to return the kindness. Share stories of friends who have helped you through rough times in the comment field below.