There really is no substitute.
I’m pretty lucky, because I can say that I’ve got a best friend.
In fact, I’m so lucky I can say I have more than one.
These lovely ladies have been in my life since we were in Year 1 and we have been there for each other throughout the good times (and the bad) ever since.
A best friend is someone who just gets you, and there is absolutely no substitute for that.
Because having a best friend simply makes life better: It enhances the highs and takes the edge off the lows.
Let me count the ways:
1. They don’t judge.
That’s not to say you can do anything you please, but a best friend will always try and see it from your point of view. Sure, it may not be the way that they would necessarily do it, but they’ll allow you to go ahead without judgment.
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2. They’ll come get you at 3am (geography permitting).
If, for whatever reason, your whole world is collapsing (say a guy dumps you or your car breaks down etc etc etc), even at 3am, your bestie will come and rescue you.
3. You have an exercise buddy.
And an exercise buddy you can be yourself with. An exercise buddy keeps you motivated, is someone you can chat to, helps to pass the time more quickly and you can also keep each other in check.
4. They are good for your mental health.
No, really. It’s science. Good friends make us happy, making our serotonin levels soar and making us happier generally and mentally healthier.
Nothing beats laughing to improve wellbeing. Best friends, by their very nature, often have the same (sometimes warped) sense of humour as you, and catching up always makes us feel better.
5. They encourage and motivate us.
Your best friend is the one who tells you that yes, you CAN start studying at that career you’ve always talked about. They are the ones that encourage you to put in an application for that dream job.