Today is National Girlfriend Day. It’s a day to celebrate all the amazing women in your help you maintain your sanity in the crazy times, share your laughs during funny times and keep your secrets safe.
Friendship to me is uber-important and thankfully, I’m blessed with a few good girlfriends. All my friends are different, but each serve and hold a special place in my life. Without them I would be bored, crazy and alone. So in honor of National Girlfriends Day, here’s my list of the 8 types of friends you should have in Your Life:
- Reliable/Loyal friend/Ride-or-Die
This friend is the one who is always there for you. Whether it be when you need a ride to the airport, someone to bring you soup when you’re sick, or vent to at 2 a.m., you can count on them. And when you make a mistake, they don’t judge you. They always have your back and keep your deepest secrets safe. This friend will stand up for you when someone is talking bad about you. They’re dependable and you can rely on them for almost anything.
- Brutally honest friend
This friend always keeps it real and tells it like it is. Don’t expect them to always sugar coat things. Sometimes she may be a little too honest, but she’ll let you know if that dress REALLY makes you look fat. She may not always tell you what you want to hear, but she’ll will tell you what you NEED to hear. And who wants a friend that can’t be honest with you? Even though your feelings might get hurt a time or two, know that this friend always has your best interest at heart and only wants greatness for you.
3. Fearless Adventurer/Down-for-Whatever
This friend is the one who pushes you out of your comfort zone. They’re always ready for the next big adventure and take you along with them. You always have fun whenever you hang out with this friend ,even though you may not always know what to expect. You call her when you want to try a new restaurant or exercise class you’ve been hearing about. She isn’t afraid to take risks. She’ll convince you to take a last-minute weekend trip to Vegas, dance on the club speakers until 3 a.m. or that jumping out of a plane is a great idea.
4. The Inspirational Motivator/Challenger
This is your cheerleader, the one who really wants you to succeed at all that you do. This is the friend who is always there with an inspirational quote, the appropriate scripture or words of encouragement. Whenever you are feeling like you won’t accomplish that goal or just feeling really down about yourself, this friend will pick you up and remind you of the reasons why you started. They’ll challenge you go to farther than you think you can. This friend will not only pray for you, but they will pray with you.
5. The Mentor/Older Friend
This person is usually (at least), five years older than you and very wise. If they are your mentor, then you look up to them for their successful career or the way they have navigated through life struggles and maintained happiness at the same time. You value their wisdom and experience and come to them whenever you need advice because you know they’ve already been through a similar situation or just wise beyond your years.
6. The Polar Opposite
It’s always good to have that one friend who is nothing like you. Whether you are single and they’re married or you love country music and they love hip-hop, you complement each other. Your strengths are her weaknesses and vice versa, but you balance each other out. This friend will always give you a different way to look at things. They’ll open you up to new ideas and new things and sometimes push you out of your comfort zone.
7. The Funny One
This person is hilarious and always good for a joke or a laugh. Since laughter and yoga produce the same health benefits, this friend is good to keep around because they help keep you less stressed. When you’re in a bad mood, this friend will crack a joke or bring up a funny memory that will help increase your endorphins and lose those negative thoughts. You share those “inside” jokes with this friend and often no words need to be spoken, just a look, and the two of you burst into laughter.
8. The Listener/Therapist
This is the supportive, sympathetic, and calming voice that we love to hear over the phone when we’ve had a crazy day. This friend helps keep you sane and let’s you vent without judgment. They give us advice when we need it or a shoulder to cry on at other times. This friend will let you know that you aren’t crazy and how you’re feeling is totally normal.
So which friend are you? Check back next week and I’ll reveal which one I am.