Best friends are the family you choose. You will have a lot of friends come and go as you grow in your life, but best friends are the ones that stick around for the good times and the bad. They are the ones who told you over and over to not get bangs, or to cut them yourself, but also handed you the scissors. They are the friends who looked you in the face and said, “It doesn’t look that bad”, but also helps you laugh through the tears. BFF’s are simply the BEST and here are some reasons why cheering with your BFF is the absolute best thing EVER!

You always have someone to carpool and share a room with.

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Carpooling to an event is way more fun when your BFF is in the car with you. You both have the same taste in music, you know what snacks each other likes and you can sing and dance to the radio all the way to the game or competition. Having your BFF on the team means you never have to get stuck rooming with someone you don’t know very well. Nothing can be better than doing something you love and having your BFF there to enjoy it with you.

You can communicate with just a look.

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Just because you are on the same cheer team, does not mean you and your BFF are always together in the lineup. Your BFF might be all the way on the other side of the floor, which makes communication during practice a bit more difficult. Thank goodness your bestie and you can communicate with just a look. Someone is getting on your nerves, you give your BFF the eyes–you know the one. Someone said something that was an inside joke between you and your BFF, you start cracking up without even saying a word. Because your BFF and you know each other so well, you don’t really even have talk to know what each other is saying.

They give you tough love.

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What a lot of people don’t know about cheerleading is that it is very mental. If you are having an off day, it will show in your performance, which is why it is great to have your BFF around. They know you, and they might need to give you some tough love to snap you out of it. Maybe you had a fight with your boyfriend before practice or your parents are getting on your case again. Best friend, get it! They will give you that tough love you need to snap you out of it. It might feel like they are being a little harsh, but sometimes you need to push out the door to break down that mental barrier holding you back.

They are your biggest fan.

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Cheer may look easy from an outsider’s perspective, but it takes a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication. When you try and try and still cannot nail down a stunt, it can be very frustrating. Good thing your number one fan is there to cheer you on! You may feel like you are ready to give up, but that is what best friends are for. They are there to help pick you up when times get tough! Once you finally nail it, out of nowhere comes your BFF screaming at you from across the room, “Told you, you could do it!!” Because that is what BFF’s are for.

They got your back.

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You forgot something, your BFF has an extra. You cannot get your poof just right, you BFF is right there with a comb and hairspray. Need a shoulder to cry on or advice? Your BFF is there. That is what having a BFF is all about: they are there for you and always have your back. Best friends are the family you get to choose. They are the friends that your family buys Christmas gifts for and who tags along on family vacations. You might fight or not talk for a while, but that is because you are like sisters and at the end of the day, you will always be there for each other! Show your BFF some love today because your BFF is really special and deserves it.

What are other benefits of cheering with your BFF? Tell us in the comments!