You’re the shoulder they lean on when the world is topsy-turvy, the one who holds them while tears fall from their red face. You sing along to every silly song together and know all their flaws (but never point them out.)
"Best friend" is so much more than just a title. It isn’t about taking selfies and spending weekends together or even being loyal, honest, and committed.
Being a true best friend means:
Trusting them completely (yes, even with that...) You can tell your best friend even your deepest secrets and know they'll never share that information.
Because you know they'll give you that same trust (along with TMI.) They tell you the things that are really bothering them and how they truly feel about everything and everyone.
Keeping in touch through everything life throws at you. You don’t have to see each other every day to keep your friendship alive. You both know how much you mean to each other, even when you're far apart.
Being down to listen to them vent whether it's 3 am or pm. You talk when you’re happy and when one of you needs a shoulder to lean on because the world has flipped you upside down.
Comforting them even when you don’t have all the answers. It’s being honest, not sugarcoating everything but not being disrespectful either.
Proving how much you care on the daily. Letting your bestie know their happiness and well-being are important to you. Making sure they're aware that you value their presence in your life.
Moving past the occasional irritating misstep. You'll both make mistakes, but you’re never quick to judge each other because you know that nobody's flawless.
Accepting that you're going to fight sometimes. It sucks, but you won’t always be each other’s favorite person. You both have other friends and people you want to hang out with, but you don’t let that pull you apart.
Being their pseudo-life coach and pushing them to excel. Your job is never to hinder them from pursuing their dreams, but to be the voice of reason when needed.
There’s no foolproof way to be a best friend, no guidebook to follow. A well-maintained platonic love that leaves room for both people to grow is rare and beautiful; it's not something to take lightly.
Your best friend can't guarantee that life will be perfect all the time, but they can ensure they're always in your corner, judgement-free, loyal, loving, and never more than a phone call away.
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