If you’ve navigated your way through high school, college, and the beginning of the *real* adult world without encountering any sort of immature girl drama, let me tell you, you are one lucky chick. For the rest of us out there who have dealt with (and hopefully cut ties with) toxic friendships, we know it to be all too true that genuine best friends are difficult to come by. Bestselling author Sarah Ockler once said, “In your entire life, you can probably count your true friends on one hand. I’d rather be completely alone than with a bunch of people who aren't real, people who are just passing time.” The friends who stick around for the long haul — the rarest gems of them all — will stay by your side and be an amazing support system no matter what life throws at you. If you’ve found your people, hold them close, and never, ever let them go. Trust me, there are some surefire signs you’re best friends for life, and not just friends for the moment.
Many people will inevitably pass through your world, but it’s your job to fill your circle with the beautiful, loyal, genuinely kind souls who have your best interests at heart. You may live in completely different zip codes, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t the perfect pair of soul sisters. One of my best friends is long-distance, and although we don’t get to see each other often, whenever we plan a girls’ trip to reunite, it feels so natural and refreshing to pick up right where we left off.
Here are the telltale signs the current besties in your life are truly meant to be your main squeezes for eternity.
1It's Already A Given That They'll Be Your Bride Tribe
This bad*ss bunch of ladies will naturally make up your bride tribe someday. You couldn't imagine planning out every single detail for your special day without them right by your side.
And let's be honest, you know you can count on these betches to plan an absurdly lit bachelorette party you'll remember forever.
2Every Single "Actual Footage" GIF Immediately Reminds You Of Them
When you see any hilarious meme or ridiculous GIF, you instantly tag them in it.
That "actual footage of me walking with my tall friends" GIF with the polar bear leaving the penguin in the dust? #Goals.
3Your Friendship Isn’t Limited To Just Epic, Drunk Adventures
Let’s get one thing straight here: You ladies love to throw it down at the bar on Saturday night, but there are so many other beautiful things about your bond that make it incredibly special.
You’d both be perfectly content with a chill night in ordering takeout, or having a heart-to-heart over pumpkin spice lattes any day of the week. Your friendship is just spectacularly multi-faceted like that.
4What Happens When You’re Together, Always Stays Together
When it comes to your friendship, you know you can trust these girls with your whole life. This includes all of your secrets, as well as your most embarrassing stories. Whatever you say to them in complete confidence will never leave the pack.
5They Have No Problem Hanging With Your Family When You're Not There
TBQH, if you don't live close to your hometown anymore, your bestie may chill with your fam even more than you do. They genuinely consider your family their own.
Oh, and the day they pass up coming over for Mom's signature Greek yogurt pancakes? That's when you know something's seriously up.
6They Know Your Go-To Starbucks Order
Your mains know exactly how you take your coffee, right down to the sugar packet brand. And they know better than anyone that once fall hits, you're all about that PSL life to fulfill your basic needs.
Plus, whenever you're having a day from hell, these lifesavers know your favorite beverage will be the perfect pick-me-up you didn't even know you needed.
7When You Meet Someone You Don't Like, They Immediately Don't Like Them Either
God help the betch who messes with you.
That chick who *accidentally* spills her drink all over your cute new dress? She can expect to feel the wrath of the death stare from your girls for the rest of the night.
8You're Always On The Same Wavelength
One of the many incredible gifts that comes with having eternal best friends is that you're pretty much always on the same wavelength. You also have a knack for finishing one another's sentences — it just comes with the territory.
When it's 3 a.m. at the bar and you want to ditch and get pizza, your BFFs are already a step ahead of you requesting an Uber. Priorities, people.
9You Know Their Digits Without Having To Search Through Your Contacts
There are probably a million contacts in your phone you wouldn't be able to remember on your own if your life depended on it. But your mains? You can recite their digits backwards.
10They Will Defend You Until The End
Your partners in crime will never let anyone get away with talking behind your back or spreading rumors. They will always have your best interests at heart, because they love you unconditionally. Anyone who tries to walk all over you will immediately be put in their place.
11They're Here For All Of Your Perfectly Plandid Moments, Without Judgment
OK, maybe there's a little bit of judgment up in there, but it's all in good humor. Besides, pics or it didn't happen, amiright?
And it goes without saying that you're the ultimate photographer for their plandid needs, too.