I make it a constant effort to ensure BOD is a place for blabbing rather than bragging. There's a fine line (one that's dangerously easy to cross, I might add) between simply documenting your life and showing it off. In the world we live in, where Facebook is more or less a big PR stunt for every individual on the face of the earth, a blog is the ultimate platform to "show off" your idealized self. These days, many a blog showcase the author's collection of luxury goods, their "perfect" toddlers, or highly-edited pictures of 20-30 somethings in their finest attire. And with the word "diary" making up one-third of my blog's title, it's easy to make this production a one-man show.
So, that's my shpeel on that. There is one thing, however, that I feel I have full authority to brag about: my friends. I genuinely believe my friendships are the best of the best, which begs me to constantly ask myself why I have been given this gift I don't deserve. They do all the cheesy things best friends should do: they make me laugh; they make me cry; they're interested and invested; they warm my heart; they listen; they get it; they've been there; they instruct me; they value me; they welcome me; they humble me; they applaud my growth; they're curious; they appreciate my oddities; they're strong; they're role models; they give me purpose; they motivate me to be someone better, someone stronger, someone like them in all their unique and admirable traits.
Though these were many of the famous friendships many of us (I included) idolized, I find it hard to believe these friendships compare to some of my own. There's MK & Ash. Sista sistas Tia & Tamara who made an appearance in my living room every day in elementary school. The always stylish Lo & LC. Of course, B&S, the blonde and brunette who conquer Manhattan ever Monday night, not much unlike the girls of Sex & the City. An old classic: DJ & next-door-neighbor Kimmy from Full House. And an older pair: Oprah & best friend Gayle.
Even with only 20 years under my belt, I've seen some friendships come and go due to various reasons, but I can't remember the last time I didn't have at least one really outstanding friend. But, now more than ever, I am overwhelmed with how many wonderful people surround me. And what impeccable timing as I feel like I'm approaching an age where brainstorming my bridal party isn't entirely absurd?! So, you know who you are, and you better know I love you dearly! "You just can't test these besties."