Most of the songs, books, TV shows and movies that I tuned into growing up would have liked me to believe that romantic relationships were the most important relationships in life. Like most tweens, I was a small, walking sponge of a human with a deeply overactive imagination, and so the trajectory of many of my daydreams were me + handsome boy = happily ever after. My walls were adorned with pics of heartthrobs Josh Hartnett and Heath Ledger, and—an aspiring poet/songstress—I penned many tragic rhymes about the kind of love I had no experience or qualifications in. I talked to boys on MSN most nights that I’d never dare speak to IRL, and played Sims almost exclusively so I could create online avatars of me and my various crushes. I was a real boy freak, in case you couldn’t tell.
There were some exceptions to this rule. Three of my favourite movies growing up were Now and Then, Clueless and Blue Crush, all of which championed female friendships, and I was a devout consumer of TV shows like Daria, Gilmore Girls and Sex and the City (despite centring heavily on men, the latter had a lot of important friendship lessons throughout). My favourite music group of all time was Destiny’s Child (still is, tbh), and their track ‘Girl’ in particular engendered the enduring idea that true friends will have your back through every single one of life’s twists and turns; especially the less sunny ones.
Friends are the coolest. To celebrate International Friendship Day today, we’ve decided to dedicate the entire week to exploring the wonderful world of BFFs. So what can you expect to be reading on the site this week? When we’re not hanging with IRL besties Laurenca and Lily from London, we’ll be peering back on all the most iconic on-screen friendships throughout time, giving pointers on how to make friends in an adult world, and looking at ways to be there for your friends through darker moments. We’ll be making a case for why platonic relationships should be valued as highly as romantic ones, looking to the zodiac for compatibility pointers, and debating whether we should be fighting more for/with our friends. We’ll talk about not falling into the ol’ boyfriend trap, and when it’s time to draw some lines in the sand with our closest mates.
So, call your bestie and tell them you love them, then buckle in for the ride of your life. If there’s anything else you think we should cover, be sure to let us know in the comments. After all—what are internet friends for?