The friend you'd absolutely list as an emergency contact.
If you're ever going through something, they're there with a bed for you to sleep in and a 12-step-plan on how to address your current ailment or major life conflict. You legit would maybe call them before your own mom.
The "pick up right where we left off" friend.
You're both super busy and finding the rare night that works for both of you feels like winning the lottery. But when you do meet up, it's like nothing's changed, even if you have a lot of catching up to do. You're just comfortable.
The friend you've known forever.
Sure, in some ways, you and your childhood BFF may have grown apart. But even if they stayed in your hometown and you moved away, you still share this common, super-strong bond of being brought up together in the same place. There are some things none of your other friends will understand but them.
The work BFF.
Having someone to grab a quick coffee with or vent to in a conference room is a huge game changer. With them, work is actually kind of fun?
The "always a safe space" friend.
It's not that you suppress big parts of you around your other friends, but this person loves you so much that you could tell them almost anything and feel like they'd understand, even if it's a critique of them. AKA, you never need to preface with "this is a safe space, right?" With them, it's always a given.
The identical-tastes-as-you friend.
You know exactly what shows or bands they'll fall in love with because you literally love all the same things (and love geeking out about them together). While everyone else's eyes glaze over when you talk about Call Me By Your Name, they're the ones serving you trivia they read on IMDB.
The friend who lives in a different country.
Yes, when they moved, you were devastated, but TBH, you text and chat all the time and it only gives you a reason to book a flight to Singapore more often. Thank god for Facetime!
The "Fuck it, let's go out" friend.
After a bad breakup, it's good to be calm and rational about how to move on without lingering resentment for your ex. However, sometimes you need a friend who'll say "Screw men, let's get shots" and let you vent for as long as you need to.
The annoyingly healthy friend.
While getting up at 10 a.m. on a Saturday is no small feat for you, they've already run five miles and crafted the most Instagrammable smoothie bowl. You've accepted that you'll never be exactly like them, but you appreciate them for introducing you to hiking and yoga without judging your inability to do a push-up.
The friend who's (literally) in the family.
Whether they're a sister or cousin, having someone to exchange annoyed glances with when your extended family is being ridiculous at dinner is a powerful thing.
The ambitious-planning friend.
They're never satisfied with just grabbing drinks, so they're always the ones scheduling a big squad outing or detailed road trip you can't wait for. Half of your most interesting life experiences have come from being their friend.
The friend you can be your laziest self around.
Sometimes, you don't feel like talking a lot but still want a friend around. Together, you can comfortably sit and watch hours of TV without feeling the pressure to fill the silences when you're just too exhausted. In some ways, they know you better than anyone.
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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.