Surrounding yourself with a bunch of amazing friends is one of the secrets to an amazing life. Having a diverse group of friends can keep things interesting. And you’ll be able to turn to different types of friends to help you through different areas of your life. You’ll also find there are a few trends between different groups of friends.
I feel that I may need to add a disclaimer here though. I may or may not have based some of these on my IRL friends. The examples may or may not be true. And I consider myself to be at least one of these, can you guess which one?
The motivating mentor is always ready to share some wisdom. Either in the form of a quote or some real-life experience.
The motivating mentor can be blunt, telling you how it is. Because sometimes you need to hear the real truth to kick your butt into gear.
Being around a motivating mentor makes you feel like you can also get your life together to achieve great things.
Not always older, but perhaps a few steps ahead of where you want to be, they are looking out for you to motivate and inspire you to do bigger and better things.
The always available friend is just that. Always available. Day or night.
Need to be picked up from a hospital 30 minutes from her house at midnight? She’ll pick you up and make sure you’re all settled back at home before going back home to her own family.
Need a ride somewhere? She will pick you up (early) and take you there. She’ll probably also offer to pick you up later.
Need to pick up your child from school early but can’t get out of work? She will pick them up and feed them until you finish work.
The mum friend is the one you turn to with all baby and kid-related questions. And you turn to her because she probably went through the same thing and maybe she’s done it more than once.
How long do I put up with painful breastfeeding before I give it up?
My kid poops every two days, is this normal?
How long does this toilet training thing take to work? And what do I do about night-time toilet training?
How do I clean puke/poop/blood/food out of clothes/carpet/walls/my hair?
She can’t tell you the exact answer, but she can pass on her experience or what she would do in your situation.
You’ve known your forever friend since, well, forever. You’ve probably been friends since school, whether that’s primary school or high school. And even though you may not speak to each other that often anymore you still try to catch up at least once a year. After all, no one else gets it when you explain that time you both made your brother jump barefoot off a 1-metre beam into fresh dog poop.
The Wild One
The wild one is always up for anything. The wild one usually instigates all the shenanigans and is voted most likely to get arrested for something dumb. She has a sneaky way of getting you to join in. She makes everything look fun and adventurous and you often envy her wild and free spirit.
The Loud Friend
Always being told to use her inside voice, the loud one doesn’t know there is a difference. She is great at getting everyone’s attention and telling people where to go. She sometimes comes off as aggressive (mostly when you ask her to take it down a notch), but she is just passionate. And the more alcohol involved, the louder she gets.
Just like the wild one, this one can get a little crazy. Hidden behind a veil of introversion or dumb questions, this friend is not what you first expect. Often quiet, reserved and polite but turns into a total wild one on the odd occasion, which comes as quite a surprise. The closet freak can also be into some kinky stuff in the bedroom. She’ll keep you on your toes, that’s for sure.
So which one are you? Do you fit into a few or just the one? Can you match your friends to any of these types of friends?