In her book, Is everyone hanging out without me, Mindy Kaling includes a plethora of unsolicited advice. This ranges from the useful to the absurd, and all of it is very entertaining. Perhaps my favorite section is entitled “The Rights and Responsibilities of a Best Friend.” Among these are hilarious, but true statements that pretty accurately sum up what being best friends is all about.
True best-friendship might be one of the most amazing things I have ever been lucky enough to experience. Only a true best friend knows how to make you laugh with a smirk, or smile by reminding you that sometimes you are a moron. A true best friend loves you, no matter what. Even when they don’t want to admit it.
A best friend pushes you to do something that scares you, and then tells you I told you so when it works out. A best friend reminds you not to be stupid and then helps you put the pieces back together when you do it anyways.
A best friend is there for the good, the bad, the ugly, and the hilarious. Best friends know you better than you know yourself sometimes. And even when they drive you crazy they only want what is best for you. They tell you what you don’t want to hear.
And the best part of best friends is that you don’t even really need to talk about it. It just is.
To my best friends: Thank you.