You can’t choose your family, but you can most definitely choose your friends.
The old saying that friends are like family is very true, because your closest friends are those that have been there for you through everything.
You never have to worry about their intentions, or doubt their advice, because they always have your best interests at heart.
They know you better than your own family, and they will always be completely honest with you.
Plus, they know all of your embarrassing moments, so letting go of the friendship is now no longer an option.
1. Actually get on
Unlike family gatherings, you are totally confident in knowing that a gathering with friends will not lead to a row over a game of Monopoly, that results in someone tipping over the board.
You actually get on a lot, have a ton of things in common and any time spent together is full of laughter.
2. Always together
You’re almost joined at the hip, because that is how much time you spend together.
Whether it is going to the gym, watching a new boxset, doing a bit of shopping, you always have a friend tagging along.
You can happily spend a whole month together and not get bored.
3. Total honesty
No-one (apart from your mum) will be as honest with you, as your friends are.
If you have done something wrong, they will be the first to sit you down and tell you, in the nicest way possible of course.
4. No drama
Spending time with them is stress-free, involves zero drama or quarrels and actually helps to relieve your stress.
Especially when food and wine is involved.
5. Unbiased opinion
You can always rely on them for an unbiased opinion on life choices, haircuts and even what to eat for dinner.
And their advice will always be in line with the best possible outcome for you.
6. Basically a free therapist
You have lost count of the number of times you have driven to their house in the middle of the night, parked outside, for a secret therapy session in your car.
7. Always there for you
It doesn’t matter if you ring them at 4am on Christmas Day if you’re going through something, they will always answer, listen and support you.
8. Knows your embarrassing moments
Like the time you threw up in Pizza Hut toilets after over indulging in the buffet, or the time you had awful diarrhoea on holiday.
And they’ve also seen you naked more times than your own mother.
9. So supportive
Every time you have been fired, dumped, or had an awful day, you know that spending time with them will cheer you up and put things into perspective.
And when they are in need, you do the exact same back for them.
10. Know you better than anyone else
Only your friends know exactly how you have your Nando’s, the number of sugars in your tea, and your favourite cocktail.
Your own parents don’t have a clue.
11. So many inside jokes
Because you’ve been through so much together, you have a whole abundance of private jokes.
You don’t even need to bring up a particular funny incident, all you need to do is say one word, and you all burst into laughter.
Sometimes you just need to make a particular sound, or give a slight look and they will cotton on to the joke right away.
12. All the memories
Over the years you have gone through so many phases together.
Different jobs, different partners, different hairstyles and even different pizza preferences.
You’ve grown together and it feels great.
13. You actually chose them
Unlike family you get to chose your own friends, and you opted to make an effort with them and vice versa.
When you look back on your friendship, you can’t help but think how proud you are for having such beautiful, close friends to enjoy life with.