To say we’ve been through A LOT in the past year is an understatement. Mad finished her Masters degree, moved across the continent to California, and has racked up the miles meeting with NHL superstars and attending every fabulous NHL event across North America. Teal travelled Australia, Japan, and South Korea, moved to Windsor to follow her passion of Sport Management, and then moved back to Montreal for an internship with the Canadian Olympic Committee. During the craziness of the last 12 months, we felt so much support from each other that we thought we’d write on the importance of a truly supportive best friend. Not a friend who’s just supportive in the standard #NationalBestFriendDay or annual birthday Instagram posts but a friend who sincerely wants you to succeed. Because really… a best friend should be like a good bra.
But first, we wondered, when does one move from acquaintance to friend and then from friend to best friend? Teal was a grade above Mad in high school. Our very first words exchanged were ones of support and admiration on Mad’s second day of highschool, Teal complimenting Mad on her hair. A sign from the bronze&gold gods that this friendship was meant to last. From there our friendship blossomed into one of encouragement along the dreaded cross country practice routes. Next, we bonded over our status as Sid fans, insisting we’d be happy for the other if somehow, someway one of us married him. When Teal left for university, Mad’s Grade 12 year was struggle city but we managed to keep in touch and grow our friendship through travels and visits. We became the perfect travel mates and the most qualified co-pilots.
We’ve found ourselves in a friendship that spans many miles and time zones yet we always squeeze in time for a multi-hour phone call at least once a month. Sometimes Mad takes the mic to talk about her feelings, sometimes it’s Teal to talk about a tough school decision. Sometimes we both share exciting news or an awesome opportunity that has come along. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows, but something we value about our friendship and our support of one another is knowing we have a positive light for any situation. Someone who can help us to look at both sides and then help us to make a decision that is truly in our best interest. A huge part of us starting a forum for people to reflect on their 20s was us wanting to share different things that we are going through and have gone through as best friends in the 20s.
“Supporting another person’s success will never dampen yours” is a top 5 favourite quote of ours. Because it’s totally true! We love to listen to each other’s big ideas and then brainstorm ways to make them bigger and better. We wholeheartedly believe that we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with and that’s why our friendship has lasted. Our individual drives are so intense that they can’t help but extend into a passion for seeing the other succeed. And in turn it helps us realize our own potential and when we say goodbye, we leave each other feeling more motivated than ever.
It’s very rare to find a friend you can fully trust with your best interest in mind and when you find one, like a good bra with the perfect measure of support, you must hold onto it and treat it with care.
Teal, you are perfect balance of a well fitted band and straps that don’t dig in. Mad, you are the perkiest shaped cups and just the right thickness of padding.
You’re the peanut to my butter. The milk to my cookies. The best to my friend.
Thank you for being you <3