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The 24 Stages Of Becoming Best Friends

"A best friend isn't a person, it's a tier" - Mindy Lahiri.

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1. So you're in a social situation and get introduced to a new person.

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2. You strike up a casual conversation with them.

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3. All of a sudden, they say something that you really just ~connect~ with.

4. From there, the conversation just flows.

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5. You feel like you've known them all your life.

6. You exchange details and the lovefest continues.

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7. You get deep into their social media, seeing that you have SO MUCH IN COMMON.

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8. You're both like "OMG how did we not meet before now?!"

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9. You can't wait to hang out with them again.

10. And you're constantly texting each other.

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11. You tell your other besties about your new friend excitedly...

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12. ...and you can't wait to introduce them because you know they'd get along, too.

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13. Every time you hang out, you learn more about them and you love them even more.

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14. The more time you spend together, the stronger your bond becomes.

15. Things that would be boring with anyone else are hilarious and awesome experiences.

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16. You get to a point where you can be totally honest with them and cancel plans, knowing that they won't hate you forever.

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17. You know all their weird shit and secrets, and vice versa.

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18. You start to have shared experiences and in-jokes.

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19. You're both all "OMG what would I do without you?"

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20. Soon, you're totally in sync.

21. Eventually, you may have an argument.

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22. It sucks, and you rush to resolve it.

23. When it's all said and done, you're thankful for the experience as you're left with a deeper understanding of your new BFF, and a more meaningful friendship than before.

24. And you know that no matter what, you've made a friend for life.

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