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Let’s be honest, we all think our BFF is the bee’s knees. She wouldn’t have the title if we didn’t.

But there are times when we genuinely believe our friendship with this person embodies the term ‘squad goals’.

From insisting the pair of you deserve your own TV show to openly admitting you feel sorry for people who aren’t privy to your daily updates, we’ve all done it.

And here are just 7 texts which prove you may just be onto something…

1. The ‘OK, so’ text

You only have to start a text with these two words, and your mate will respond that she’s ready, waiting and willing to own anyone who wronged you.

And will also have your back when it turns out the drama didn’t pan out as expected.

“OK so, I had it out with that one in work, and it turns out it WAS her milk in the fridge that time.”

2. The ‘Did you see it?’ text

When it comes to you and your BFF, there’s no need for longwinded messages or overly complicated lead-ins.

She knows which Facebook status you’re referring to, and yes she bloody did see it.

“I nearly liked it just to spite him.”

3. The ‘dying’ text

Sending your friend a close-up of your face after a night out is a prerequisite if you ever want inclusion in the Squad Goal realm.

The selfie in question must be accompanied by the word ‘dying’ and a similar one from herself must immediately ping back.

“Is it weird we’re sending this from the same bed?”

4. The ‘Can’t’ text

This can refer to absolutely anything; upcoming exam, hellish work day, or just life in general, but elaborating is not essential.

If she’s worth her salt (which she is) she’ll simply reply with a photo of a cocktail with your name on it.

“Name a date.”

5. The ‘Got your favourite’ text

This text doesn’t need any further explanation.

If your BFF is on her way to yours, and she sends this, you know she’s nailed it.

“I’ll have the kettle on.”

6. The ‘You’ve got this’ text

Your BFF is, to all intents and purposes, your sidekick and cheerleader, so it’s no surprise she’ll have your back when it comes to embarking on a new health and fitness plan.

From schooling herself on dishes you can prepare together to recommending healthy options, this girl has you covered.

“Have you tried Avonmore Super MIlk?! I hear it has all your daily sunshine vitamin D in one glass!”

7. The ”WTF?” text

Much like the ‘Did you see it?’ variety, this text needs little else to strike a chord with your mate.

Whether it’s a private reference to a group chat or a passing nod to a shady tweet, they’ll know exactly what you’re talking about.

“I was literally about to write the exact same thing.”

 

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As children, queries were often made by well-meaning adults into the existence of a best friend.

When conversation over our newest toy began to stall, the grown-up in question would get stuck into the 'best friend' line of questioning, and hope we'd give them enough info to work with.

"And what's your best friend's name?" "And what do you play together?" "And would she say you're her best friend as well?"

Put in its simplest terms, a best friend helped us to define ourselves when we weren't quite sure what we were all about.

As kids, having a best friend was often paramount. Losing a best friend to a new school was traumatic. But realising your friendship was based on little more than synchronised class timetables was always especially devastating.

As teenagers many of us fell into the trap of assuming that those whose year groups and lifestyles coincided with ours automatically made them worthy contenders for the role of BFF.

And then we left school, started college, took the first step into our chosen careers, and ultimately realised that timing and circumstance have very little to do with the maintenance of a friendship.

While #SquadGoals back in the day might have meant you shared a locker and saw the inside of each other's homes on a regular basis, the term took on a much greater, more profound meaning as you branched out, and began embarking on your own path… by yourself.

Friendships were no longer based on a mutual dislike for a teacher or a mutual admiration for a singer, friendships ran so much deeper.

Friendships became healthy doses of tough love,  tearful 4am phone calls, heartfelt meeting of minds, and the acknowledgement that this person has seen you at your worst, and will still hold your hair back.

And realising that the people you once called friends were merely people to pass the time with until your real mates showed up can be jarring, but it's by no means unique.

Days, weeks or even months might pass before you and your friend would get a chance to properly catch up these days, and yet you know their support is unwavering, their belief resolute and their encouragement persistent.

While Taylor and the crew may have sullied the term, and social media may consider it as 'basic' a concept as Uggs and Pumpkin Spice Lattes, there's a lot to be said for truly believing the people you have surrounded yourself with as an adult –  and the friendships you have cultivated with them – are worthy of aspiration.

Oh, and while we have you; don't forget to have your say in the inaugural SHEmazing Awards this May!  Crown the person who has been by your side through thick and thin, and never asks for anything more than a vino top-up in return, and do it right here!

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With the SHEmazing Awards fast approaching, now is the time to cast your vote, and have your say!

So far, we broken down the categories here, here, oh and here, and now we’re all about getting down to the nitty-gritty of our final four categories.

And we need your input, so take a moment to consider the following four categories, and then get voting!

Special Recognition Award

This award will honour those who have made a difference to the lives of countless people in Ireland over the last 12 months.

And we really want to know who gets your vote this year.

SHEmazing Squad Goals

Now is the time to put your BFF in the spotlight.

This is your chance to honour that guy or gal you are privileged to call a BFF. Crown the person who has been by your side through thick and thin, and never asks for anything more than a vino top-up in return.

Ladies, think of the Brownie points!

Makes Life Easy Award

Let’s face it, life can be pretty damn hard at times.

And that is why we truly appreciate the various bits and bobs we rely on that simply make our day-to-day that little bit easier.

This award is going to the gadget or gizmo that you simply could not function without; and we’re only dying to find out what it is, so fill us in by voting!

Man of the Year

Whether he’s an entertainer, an activist or a sportsman, we want to know which man gets your vote for SHEmazing’s Man of the Year.

From Emmet Kirwan and Niall Breslin to Riyadh Khalaf and James Patrice, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to this award.

So, don’t hold back, and tell us who you think provoked change, made a positive difference or lifted the nation’s spirits over the last 12 months!

 

And we really want to know who gets your vote this year.

Ladies, it’s time to vote!

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