I’m a Capricorn.
Actually, let me be more specific.
I’m a triple Capricorn, which means I have a Capricorn moon, sun and rising sign.
I may have a couple Capricorn planets as well, but I think the Capricorn triple threat is fine enough.
Growing up, I always felt a little different.
Capricorns are born old souls.
Capricorn children are precocious, and sometimes they're more parental than their actual parents.
Practicality runs thick in a Capricorn’s blood.
I was that kid that dissected everything and everybody.
Though quiet, awkward and kind of weird, I had big goals.
You see, the entire weight of the world pressed on my shoulders; I aspired to manifest change.
I’d sit for hours at my typewriter pumping out short stories with stellar female protagonists (and lots of cats).
They’d find themselves involved in various predicaments, but they always saved the day.
But on top of my imaginary friends, I wanted real friends.
Unfortunately, I was super shy.
I tend to think Capricorns get past their shyness (mostly), but it can be a real obstacle in our early years.
But when I did find my crew of two or three pals, they stuck.
As a fierce 29-year-old triple Capricorn, my friendships still stick.
Here are 10 reasons why everyone needs a Capricorn in his or her friend circle:
1. We’re reliable.
I don’t like flakiness. In fact, I abhor it.
That’s a typical Capricorn's pet peeve.
People may complain about our Type A personalities, but when it comes down to it, our reliability is conducive to longevity in almost all relationships.
If plans are made, we stick to them unless we absolutely have to cancel.
We like consistency and following up, and we aren’t afraid to reach out to make plans first.
2. We’re witty.
I really have not met another Capricorn who doesn’t engage wholeheartedly in witty banter.
We’re sarcastic, dry and sharp.
We keep our friends on our toes and laughing for as long as they can handle it.
Then we go back to our default RBF mode.
3. We’re great listeners.
Our ability to listen for long periods of time correlates with the fact Capricorns are old souls.
I’ve always fallen into the role of listener with my friends, and as a person who isn’t a fan of talking about herself, it works just fine.
Not only do we listen, but we give excellent advice.
I consider myself pretty maternal with my friend circle, and I’m okay with that.
4. We’re disciplined.
We may not want be all #YOLO on a typical Wednesday night, but this also means we can serve as a positive influence in our friends’ lives.
When a Capricorn commits to a goal, generally speaking, we’re in it for the long haul.
Nothing can detract from that, except for our own fear of failure.
Perfectionism is a negative Capricorn trait.
A Capricorn will always push his or her friends to pursue their passions with confidence and determination.
5. We’re patient.
There’s that old soul thing again.
Capricorns understand the value in waiting things out.
We apply this to everything from relationships and to work to the Starbucks line.
Friendships can get rocky sometimes, and Capricorns have the ability to ride out the waves.
Over the years I’ve had friendships turn sour, but I don’t give up on them.
I just let them evolve, and hopefully I will bring a positive change for better relationships.
If that doesn't happen, well, I gave it my best.
6. We’re practical.
Are you in a financial or relationship predicament?
Well, the best person to reach out to is your no-nonsense Capricorn who can offer a few sensible solutions quickly.
We’ll also remain supportive and present; it’s in our nature.
Granted, sometimes I’m not the most fun shopping partner.
I’m the gal who will try to urge my friend to skip the Nordstrom Rack and even the more sensible Target.
7. We’re independent.
Capricorns cherish their alone time. They don't like friends who smother them.
There’s a value in cultivating personal space and awareness for ourselves, and we’re not afraid to tell our friends that.
I love getting on a soapbox (sorry) about the benefits of alone time in romantic partnerships.
We all have those friends who are essentially glued to their significant other’s hip.
I have no qualms about illuminating my friends on the splendor of going out and about completely alone.
8. We’re ambitious.
I am ambitious as f*ck, maybe to a fault.
There’s really not much I don't want to accomplish.
Most Capricorns are ladder climbers and aspire to high levels of achievement.
I want my friends to aspire to be their best selves, too.
Don’t think about mumbling about a goal and having your Capricorn forget you said anything.
Oh, hell to the no.
Capricorn friends instead will insist upon churning out a goal plan with you.
We want our friends to be the best they can be.
Why would we want anything less for our friends?
Plus, Capricorns love being surrounded by other highly motivated individuals.
9. We’re objective.
That old soul scenario really does creep up a lot for us Capricorns.
But really, we know how not to be biased.
Often, Capricorns may find themselves in the middle of their friends’ arguments because Caps just make damn good mediators.
I don’t mind when this happens because I just want everyone to get along.
Also, because we Capricorns are so candid, we’re not afraid to tell our friends like it is in order to help facilitate a resolution.
10. We’re kind.
Capricorns get a bad rap for being harsh.
Yes, I do maintain an RBF for most of the day’s duration, but it’s because I’m a thinker and am always in my head.
Capricorns are not bitter, jealous or catty.
With our plethora of goals, we just ain’t got no time for that.
Plus, intrinsically, Capricorns are gentle souls with truly sensitive natures.
We love and care about the world we live in.
I never have, and never will, be a mean girl.
I love and care for my friends, and I'll always will be their shoulder to cry on.
If you have a Capricorn BFF, you know this.