16 Things Only People Who’ve Been Friends Since Childhood Understand
Sometimes it’s actually scary how much you and your childhood friend know about each other. Still, you wouldn’t trade that kind of trust for anything or anyone. Not everyone knows what it’s like to have that kind of intimacy, but you’re proud to be a member of your own little exclusive club.
We at Bright Side tried to sum up all the reasons your childhood bestie makes your life special.
1. You don’t embarrass easily in front of each other.
From that awkward hairstyle you once got, to their emo stage: at this point, there’s little to nothing in your life you wouldn’t be comfortable doing in front of your best friend, and that kind of intimacy is priceless.
2. You are each other’s personalized lie detectors.
They know all your telltale signs and there’s no way you can fool them. They’ll be willing to cover for you if you need to “twist the truth” with someone else, but forget about dishonesty with your bestie. Then again, chances are you lost the need to lie to each other a long time ago.
3. You’ve gone through major milestones together.
You’ve supported each other through exams and graduation, family and love problems, maybe you’ve already seen them get married and have children. You’ve laughed together, cried together, and witnessed each other grow up, but you’ll always see them as if you’re still kids.
4. You get jealous if they start hanging out with someone new.
Yes, we all know that gnawing feeling of your bestie even thinking about getting a new friend. Deep inside, you know that no one can replace you, but jealousy still manages to rear its ugly head. Nevertheless, when it matters most, you’re the first person your BFF will turn to and you’re proud of that.
5. You’ve experienced first love and heartbreak together.
You probably still remember talking about your crushes during sleepovers and sharing every little detail of new dates. At one point, you’ve seen them fall in love and get their heart broken, but you were always there to pick up the pieces and make them feel better about themselves, because they deserve the best!
6. Your inside jokes confuse other people.
You can’t count every time someone gave you a confused side-eye whenever you and your childhood friend would start joking around. You inside jokes make zero sense to other people, but it’s so much more special to be a part of it and you can’t help it.
7. Judgement went out the window a long time ago.
You know you can tell your childhood friend anything, any sense of shame went out the window a long time ago. They’re one of the few people you can tell everything to about what’s bothering you or the mistakes you’ve made and expect understanding.
8. You’re genuinely happy for their success.
There has never been, nor will there ever be any rivalry between you two. You worry about them more than you do about yourself and their every accomplishment is like a small personal victory. You’re their biggest cheerleader and you’re always ready to celebrate their success.
9. They know you better than your family.
There are things you can’t share with your family, but those things can show your true colors. Your childhood friend has always been the one to know everything about you, and you would trust them to write your biography!
10. Your fights can get rough, but you always make up.
Knowing each other inside and out comes with a few downsides. Whenever you fight, all the knives come out and you can hurt each other with just a couple of words, like no one else in the world. You’re not proud of it, but fighting is natural, and it’s better to settle your differences than let them build up and eventually explode.
11. You can call each other out and not get offended.
This is not to be confused with fighting. You need to have someone in your life that can tell you how it is and be your wake up call. If you get carried away in the wrong relationship, or start behaving like a totally different person, that’s when you can rely on your bestie to shake you up and get you back to normal.
12. When you get together for the first time in a while, it’s like no time has gone by at all.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find time for each other when life gets in the way. Nevertheless, even with several months apart, you don’t feel that time whenever you see each other again. There’s no small talk or awkward pauses, you pick up where you left off and carry on like nothing happened.
13. They’ve seen you at your worst.
All of us have faced some disappointments in our lives or failed in some way. Your childhood friend has been by your side through it all and maybe even helped you out of a dark place. Sometimes you can’t imagine where you would’ve been without the support of your best friend.
14. Sometimes it feels like you have a telepathic connection.
You know that feeling when you just know what your best friend is thinking without looking at them? One study actually proved that friends have the same brain patterns and perceive the world almost identically. Explains a lot, doesn’t it?
15. The stories you share can fill an entire library.
Can you remember every single story involving your childhood friend? Probably not right off the bat, but when memories come flooding in, it’s the best feeling. The shared moments of nostalgia make your bond stronger, and you’ve worked very hard to get to this point!
16. They’re a part of your family forever.
No matter what happens in your life, your childhood friend helped shape you as a person and you think of them as family. They know all your relatives and your mom probably texts them all the time. You can’t imagine spending a holiday without them and you wouldn’t have it any other way. You’re bonded for life.
Do you have a childhood friend? What is your favorite memory together?