“In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. They keep the young out of mischief; they comfort and aid the old in their weakness, and they encite those in the prime of life to noble deeds.” - Aristotle
There is nothing better than a friend! Someone who is always there for you, no matter what situation - the good, the bad, the crazy. I am extremely fortunate enough to have a handful of amazing friends who are always there to lend an ear whenever I need to complain about life.
However, in the last few months, while dealing with all of my medical issues and infertility, my group of girls has really helped to make going through what seems like Hell & back a breeze.
From the constant texts just checking in, to the extremely thoughtful gifts, I don’t know how I would have gotten through all this bullshit if it wasn’t for them!
This got me to thinking about the real importance of a friendship and why they are so crucial to not only have for those days when you just need to vent about your significant other but for your emotional well-being as well.
Aside from that, there are many other key benefits to having a strong group of girlfriends on your side. Although I can probably think of millions of reasons, I’m only going to share with you my top 5.
Friends Give You a Reality Check From Time to Time
You may not want to hear it at the time, but your friends will let you know whether or not that guy you’re so into is worth it, if you’re being a complete bitch for no reason, or if that shirt makes you look fat. True friends bring the harsh truth to the surface and are always there to knock us down a beg when we need it most. I can’t even tell you how many texts I’ve sent out that started with, “Ok, let me know if I’m being a bitch or…..”
Positive Friends Bring Out The Best in You
You know those nights where you’re out with your friends, and everything just seems so carefree? Well, that’s because you’re all vibing off one another and really showing off your best qualities. Any positive friend will help you rebound from any negative hits life throws at you.
Girlfriends = The Ultimate Day Drinkers (AKA FREE THERAPY)
Brunch and unlimited mimosas OR just going to some dive bar for a few beers at like noon is the recipe for a much-needed therapy session. Is your boyfriend not acting right? Boss up your ass with deadlines? Did you fuck up your diet and eat fast food again? Ugh - we’ve all been there and all of this can be stressful as hell! This is why we need to ‘wine-down’ with our girls every so often! Who needs to spend hundreds of dollars on therapy when all you really need is one good afternoon of venting and gossip!
They Make Major Milestones MUCH Easier to Handle
I have to say, I did not take turning 30 very easily. I literally had anxiety the entire week leading up to my birthday. Thankfully, my girls were there with lots of Moscato and laughs to help make slowly losing my youth a little less painful.
Breakups: The Support is REAL
Honestly, if I had to choose which is more supportive, my bra or my friends...I’d have to say, my friends. Especially when you’re going through a major breakup. And let’s face it, you usually have more than one long-term relationship, and in my case, I had 3. And after 2 of them ended...I was a hot ass mess. Any true friend will be there with tissues, wine, and clear their Friday night so they can sit shotgun with you while you do a few drivebys…..