Throughout the years, I have been blessed with some amazing female friends. I appreciate the diverse range of friendships that I have, as they have all played a part in me becoming the woman that I am today.
So many of us want healthy and fulfilling friendships with other women. Well I’m here to tell you that they exist. It’s just a matter of acquiring the right friends who add value to your life (and vice versa). They all have different styles they bring to the table. Here are the five girlfriends that every woman should have in their corner:
You’re practically bosom buddies. Road dogs. Ride or die partners. Best friends for life. The both of you are thick as thieves and nothing can tear your friendship apart.
She’s your confidant and your shoulder to cry on when you need emotional support. She’s always down to go on an adventure with you no matter how silly it is. She’s your workout partner and the person that you can spend hours shopping with. On those days when you want to be a couch potato, she’s right next to you as you binge-watch your favorite shows.
Without hesitation, you would choose this friend as the maid of honor in your wedding or the godmother of your child. She’s there for you anytime you need her, and she would stick her neck out for you in any situation.
The Childhood Friend
You’ve known her forever. Because you grew up together, this friendship hits differently than all the rest. Friends like these know everything about you–the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I’m willing to bet that you were either neighbors or you went to the same schools. From your biggest milestones to some of your most embarrassing moments, they were present for them all.
Childhood friends bring back those nostalgic memories that remind you of the good old days. It’s always easy to pick up where you left off. With plenty of stories to tell (and lots of inside jokes that only the two of you would understand), these friendships tend to age well.
The Brutally Honest Friend
Everyone needs an unapologetic truth-teller in their lives. You know, that one friend who tells it like it is whether you like it or not. They don’t mince words and they don’t sugarcoat reality. This friend may rub you the wrong way on occasion, but you learn to appreciate them as time goes by and you realize that they were actually right about a lot of things.
The Hype Woman
She’s the person you call when you need a confidence boost. When you’re feeling down and defeated, this friend knows just what to say to lift your spirits. She’s also one of your biggest cheerleaders (next to your best friend, of course). Whether you have small wins or major victories, you can always count on her to make you feel like a superstar.
This friend is usually a go-getter as well. They’re not only great at motivating you, but they also serve as solid accountability partners. They’d be the ones to help you progress towards your biggest goals.
The Polar Opposite
You two are like night and day. You’re an extrovert and she’s an introvert. She lives a cookie-cutter life and you’re a free spirit. You like pop/rock music and she’s into classical. More likely than not, you were raised differently and you came from different walks of life.
I know this may not sound like the “ideal friend” (since you don’t have much in common), but you’d be surprised by how long these friendships last.
Have you ever heard of the phrase, “Opposites attract?” There’s a lot of truth to that. Friends who are polar opposites are known to balance each other out. Your differences are what make you all the more compatible.
Diversity is a good thing. There’s beauty in establishing bonds with people who don’t act like you, think like you, or even look like you.
These friendships are quite life-changing, because they challenge you to try new things and look through the lens of someone with a contrasting point-of-view. Over time, this helps you to become more of a well-rounded person.
Johnaé De Felicis is a writer, wanderer, and wellness junkie from California. She covers a variety of topics that are relevant to the health and wellness space, from mental health to natural living.