Things Very Awesome Friends Do

by Eden on August 12, 2013

I love my friends.

I don’t have many, but the ones I have are very awesome ones.

I’m not talking about “acquaintances”, I’ve got tons of “acquaintances”. But if I asked any of these acquaintances for a ride to the airport or a kidney, they’d think I’m delusional.

For someone without parents or very much family, I truly value my friends. I never like to label myself as an expert of anything, but I think I’ve got a master’s degree in the qualities that make an awesome friend.

So I thought I’d share some:

 

1) Never Judge You For Your Dietary Choices

A true friend won’t tell you how your vegan, gluten free, or ultra deep fried entree is a horrible choice.

I think in general, people need to stop talking about their food choices and friendships should never center around it. Your friends SHOULD be concerned for your well being (ie, not support you starve or harm your health), but an awesome friend will not love you any less for deep-throating a chocolate pudding cup at 2am or for drinking kale.

 

2) They Let You Make Mistakes

You might date someone you friend hates, but a good friend won’t abandon you for it.

Maybe you friend will think your significant other is “all wrong” but they’ll let you make those mistakes (if they are even “mistakes”). And if it does end up being a mistake, they’ll be right there with a box of tissues, Netflix, and Cheetos to mend your broken heart.

 

2) Be Genuinely Happy For Your Success

They may be a teeny bit jealous, but they will never show it. None of that fake smiles and insincere comments. They will be genuinely be happy and proud that you’ve done something awesome. They may even inspire you and you’ll love them so much more for it.

They will brag about you and say,

“Yep, that’s my friend. I knew her first!”

 

4) They Believe in The Strength of Your Friendship

You can go days, weeks, and even months without seeing or talking to each other regularly.

But like family, a really awesome friend won’t have any doubts if the friendship is still intact. You both understand life can get in the way of hanging out together, but life won’t get in the way of the friendship.

 

5) They Will Be Uncomfortable For You

They will sit in traffic or even hop on a plane to enjoy your company. They know a few hours of slight misery is worth your presence.

A dialog in their head might sound like this:

“My friend wants to meet up today. I have to wake up super early tomorrow, I’ll have to drive to the other side of the city, in rush-hour traffic, in the heat of my car that lacks proper air-conditioning but you know what, I’ll make this work.”

They’ll do that cause they think you’re awesome and in-turn, that makes your friend really, really awesome.

 

 

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Abby August 13, 2013 at 4:32 am

I need to move to L.A. Interested in a roommate and possible partner in crime/comedy? 😉

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Nicole C August 13, 2013 at 9:47 am

I enjoy this, I can tell you do have some really terrific friends. Daniela did brag ‘i knew her first’ style. She’s a keeper :)

Buffet soon? I forgot my safety word. Shit.

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jack24 August 13, 2013 at 4:57 pm

life does not get in te way of real friendships….yep agree

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Ellen August 16, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Beautiful. And so very true, all of it.

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Eve August 21, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Just the reminder to be the best friend I can be right now. My sister -from another mother is going though her father battling advanced lung cancer and she will needing soo much support. I only hope I’m able to be there in the ways that she needs me… You’re so right about believing the strength of our friendship. We live far away from one another but our friendship has always stayed stong even if we only see each other once or twice a year.

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Eden August 21, 2013 at 10:52 pm

I totally believe in that strength. I haven’t talked or texted some of my friends in months. But I know that when I see them, we’re right back where we left off.

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