Here’s the deal: if you’re a woman living in the great American South (or want to be) (or consider yourself a Southerner) there are a few things that every Southern girl must own. We’ve narrowed the list down to the 13 items of equal importance and will be revealing them over the next couple of weeks. Here’s just one of things every Southern girl should own.
A very best (girl) friend. Technically, you can’t, nor should you own a best friend, but you should definitely have one.
I know what you’re thinking– girls are drama, I just like to hang with the boys, and so on and so forth. That is true, girls are drama and hanging out with boys can be fun, but neither of those truths get you out of the need for a real, actual (girl) best friend. There are a million different reasons for this, but for the sake of time we’ll limit our list.
Friendships enhance your quality of life. Think about it, you’d much rather sing karaoke with someone, than alone.
Road trips are more fun (and much safer) with a friend.
That outfit probably doesn’t look as great as you think, so you need someone to give you an honest opinion about your fringe-on-fringe-on-sequined look. (This is the main reason I have friends these days. I can’t be trusted to buy a pair of pants alone, so my best friend really comes in strong on this one.)
You need a best (girl) friend to talk you through everything. Like, everything. Boys are great, but they don’t want to hear about your special girl stuff or how fat you feel and he definitely has no idea what “second day hair” is and why you still haven’t perfected it after all of these years.
You need someone to tease your hair and fix your face when you go on that first date with a special someone.
You need someone to binge watch television with you. You can do this alone, but at some point– it’s unhealthy.
You can’t stalk any of your exes on Facebook by yourself. Sometimes, you even need your best friend to “friend” the new girlfriend, so you can creep on her, too.
In that same manner, you need someone to get on Instagram or Facebook and like every photo or status you post, right away.
You need someone to indulge with you. Specifically when you need a partner to go with you to Taco Bell, get ice cream or split two to three bowls of queso. And that bottle of wine definitely isn’t going to drink itself.
You someone need to vent to about your family, husband or kids! Because your kids don’t want to hear about how difficult they are being.
Have you ever power-walked alone? Totally do-able and at times, it works, but mostly, you need your best friend with you for a good, soul-searching power-walk.
On top of all of that a UCLA study says that, “Friendships between women are special. They shape who we are and who we are yet to be. They soothe our tumultuous inner world, fill the emotional gaps in our marriage, and help us remember who we really are. By the way, they may do even more. Scientists now suspect that hanging out with our friends can actually counteract the kind of stomach-quivering stress most of us experience on a daily basis.”
Yes, your friendship with your best (girl) friend helps manage stress and soothe your tumultuous inner world.
Plus, life is just more fun with a friend by your side. Everyone needs a best friend.