There are plenty of potential friends out there, but a true best friend can be difficult to find. They're not just someone you casually hang out with, but more like family. You can tell the minute you've locked down your bestie, because it feels like you've finally found that missing puzzle piece you always needed. Your best friend is your confidante, travel buddy, secret keeper, and favorite comedian.
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I have a good friend who I adore for her honesty. The more time I spend with her, the more empowered I feel to speak my truth in any given scenario, and my love life is no exception. She recently told me about a first date she went on with a guy from a dating app. Twenty minutes into their first date, she straight-up told him that she thought he was afraid of vulnerability — and shockingly, he took it pretty well.
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For a relationship to really work, the people involved have to be more than just partners or lovers — they have to be best friends. Best friends have a special sort of relationship. They have a relationship that is more understanding, more lenient and more flexible than most. Best friends have a deep care and respect for each other, yet they understand — unlike many of those within a relationship — that they do not own the other.
The one thing nobody warns you about adulting is that being in a long-distance relationship with your best friend can be a true struggle. In fact, it can be the struggle of all struggles when you and your bestie move miles away from each other. Heading off to college or living in two different cities for work, you learn to cope with the distance by having FaceTime dates and texting non-stop in your BFF chat, but there are times you wish your best friend was with you. I haven't lived in the same state as my bestie in years, because at first it was college, and now, I live in California. Even though I don't get to see her everyday like we did in grade school, I still talk to her all the time through text and Instagram.