Here’s How You Know Your BFF Has Reached Sister Status

There are two types of best friends — one is your typical BFF who you couldn’t picture life without and the other isn’t a BFF at all — she’s more like your actual flesh and blood. Here’s how to tell if your best friend has reached sister status without you realizing it:

  1. Her parents are your parents. And vice versa. You speak to her parents about your life, relationships, the future and she does the same with yours. You could even visit each other’s family without the other present and there would be nothing weird about it at all. In fact, you do this pretty often.
  2. Your parents are friends with each other. You and your bestie are so close that even your parents have built a friendship because of it. You’re all just one big happy family now. You often have combined family holidays, meals and gatherings because why wouldn’t you?
  3. You know EVERYTHING about each other. She could recite your stories like they were her own, as you could with hers. Hell, the best stories you have to tell of each other were probably experienced together. Sometimes you even tell stories you weren’t present for because you know them so well that you feel like you were there.
  4. Your friends, families and boyfriends have seen you fight. Just because you’re BFFs doesn’t mean you don’t have blow out arguments from time to time. In fact, if you haven’t had one of these types of arguments, there’s no way she’s reached sister status. Sisters fight like wild animals sometimes, and you and your best friend are no different. However, just like sisters, you always bounce back stronger than ever.
  5. What’s TMI? The two of you know nothing about the term ‘too much information’ when it comes to pretty much anything about each other. You take about the grossest of the gross and the most embarrassing things together and it doesn’t phase either of you one bit.
  6. You don’t even have to speak to communicate. Whether it’s a look across the room or a conversation full of nothing but GIFs, the two of you just know what the other is talking about. It’s like you live in each other’s minds half the time.
  7. When you go out, you take care of each other. Even if you’re both sloppy as hell, you’re still trying to take care of your bestie better than you take care of yourself. The good news is that since you’re pretty much sisters, she’s doing the same thing.
  8. You’re brutally honest with each other. And not even in a nice way. If your bestie asks if an outfit makes her look terrible, you’re only so happy to bring her back down to reality if it does — you know she’d look so much better in the dress you picked out for her anyway.
  9. You can’t go more than a few hours without being in contact. When the busyness of life hits both of you head on, that doesn’t stop you from staying in contact at least every few hours. Even if it’s just a quick text, you always check in with each other throughout the day.
  10. You say “I love you” far too much. When you’re getting off the phone or leaving to head home after your lunch date, you say “I love you” and you actually mean it. It’s like getting off the phone with your parents or other siblings — it’s just a reflex.
  11. Your other friends know who she is. And not in a “they’ve already met her” sort of way. You talk about each other so much that all the people in your life know who she’s dating, what she ate for dinner and that she’s your favorite person in the world.
  12. You know when she’s upset without her having to tell you. Call it ESP or just having amazing intuition, but you get vibes from each other without even having to say anything whether you’re together or not. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t spoken for several hours — it’s like you can just tell, even if you can’t explain how.
  13. People have called your friendship weird. Other people just don’t understand the love you have for each other, so when they see it in action they think you’re both weirdos. She’s your person and you’re hers and nothing could ever change that.
  14. You wouldn’t want to spend your time with anyone else. Sure, you both have other friends and can annoy the sh*t out of each other from time to time, but if you had to choose between spending time together or with other people, you would choose together every time.
  15. You don’t have secrets from each other. Nothing about you is hidden from your actual sister, and it’s the same with your best friend who’s reached sister status. You can always trust your bestie to take whatever you tell her to the grave if you don’t want anyone else knowing about it.
Angelica Bottaro has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Trent University and an Advanced Diploma in Journalism from Centennial College. She began her career as a freelance writer in 2014, racking up bylines in The Good Men Project, MakeWell, LymeTime, YouQueen, and more. She eventually shifted her focus and began writing about mental health, nutrition, and chronic disease for VeryWell Health.

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