We all need that one friend who lifts us up, is by our side and helps hold us accountable so we can reach our goals. A ride or die friend is more than a best friend. It’s that person you can always count on through thick and thin – during breakups, sudden loss, and all of life’s struggles.
Let’s break it down. What exactly does ride or die mean? According to Dictionary.com, a ride or die is a colloquial expression of extreme loyalty to someone or something.
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How to tell if you’re a ride or die friend
Life has its challenges, and we all go through ups and downs. Being a ride or die friend means being there for your bestie or partner, no matter what.
- A ride or die bestie is always willing to go on an adventure, no matter how extreme.
- Someone who never judges you and doesn’t sugar coat things. They tell you how it is.
- They listen and bend over backward to offer support.
In this post, we dive into what it really means to be a ride or die friend. Six bloggers share their thoughts and experiences on having a ride or die bestie who can help tap into your creativity, and unleash your full potential.
1. Ready to crush goals? A ride or die friend can elevate you.
Friends can help keep each other accountable first by openly discussing goals! If you don’t share what you are working towards, your friends have no way of knowing you need support. Keep them posted on your endeavors, challenges, and how you are trying to set yourself up for success. And be prepared for them to ask you follow-up questions and check in periodically on your progress. If you have been slacking, don’t get defensive or feel judged when they ask how things are going. Good friends support each other and are there for each other no matter what!
Malikah | malikahkelly.com
2. A ride or die provides support when you need it the most.
I truly believe that everyone needs a friend in life that supports you no matter what. Proverbs 27:9 says, “A sweet friendship refreshes the soul.” I know that when we find that one true person in our lives who supports us, no matter what, our souls are continually refreshed. Whether a talk or just a hug, a friend can bring us comfort during times of sadness and stress, joy during times of happiness and love during everything. Find the person who’s going to stand next to you, always, and refresh your soul.
Kelly | themodernsimplest.com
3. A ride or die friend can offer a new perspective.
Travelling has to be one of the best experiences people can give themselves or loved ones. Vacations with my girlfriends have taught me that you should be your own person with your own interests and hobbies.
My ride-or-die travel buddy showed me the importance of traveling with the right people. We have the same interests and enjoy doing the same things on vacations. I know that neither of us will have to sacrifice anything we want to do, and we complement each other so well. She is the extrovert to my introvert and brings out parts of me I thought I had lost.
Karen | yourroadtohappy.ca
4. A ride or die is willing to travel anywhere with you.
I always believe in what matters in travel is not where you go but who you go with. I lived in London for six months during my exchange time at London Business School with a close friend (Shania). We shared an apartment, and we traveled together to Europe. We became even closer friends at the end of our stay.
I used to travel solo or with a group of friends, but I felt like being abroad with a close friend really made a big difference. Even though we don’t like exactly the same things, our interests were aligned for the most part. That saved the time to agree on where we wanted to visit and how we wanted to spend the day when we were visiting Ireland. We liked different types of foods, but we were able to try both what we liked (pasta for me and soup is her thing). After London, she went back to China, and I came back to the US. To this day, we remain close friends, and she visits me every year and vice versa, even though 12 years have passed!
Chi | petitedressing.com
5. A ride or die friend will hold you accountable.
Close friends can keep us accountable in life, to work out, eat better, or in business. For most people, it is easier to meet external expectations than internal expectations. If you keep procrastinating, call your close friend – your external accountability partner. Tell her what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. Once you told someone what you plan to do, you’re more likely to do it because you don’t want to go back on your word. She keeps you accountable, and you keep her accountable. When you need a little push, give your close friend a call.
Clara | PetiteCapsule.com
6. Close friends don’t hold back.
Having a ride or die friend is a special thing, especially when it comes to your love life. You need that ride or die friend who looks out for you and will always be honest with you. My best friend has kept me from making some big dating mistakes and forces me to acknowledge the red flags I would just ignore. Lol…Ride or dies are always there for you when you’re crying over the guy she already told you not to date, but that’s why we love them!
Kay | breathehustleglow.com
Whether you’re in a funk or just need someone to listen to you, you can always count on a ride or die friend. It’s about creating a bond and building a friendship with someone you can share anything with.
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