A woman does not need a male chaperone. She needs a companion. She does not look for a patronising friend but longs for a caring guide. An overly possessive partner is a nightmare, but a concerned friend is a blessing. While women do not necessarily rely on men in their everyday lives, there are certain men every woman does admit she needs in her life.
As a woman, you need the following men in your life :
1. The Doting Daddy
This man is the one man army every girl needs. He is possessive and strict when you are younger, but when you grow up he becomes the one friend you know you can rely on, cuddle up with and pour your heart out to. In other words, he becomes the ‘Triple B': the Baba-Bear-Bestie!
2. The Bully Brother
He steals your chocolates and pulls your hair. He embarrasses you all the time and makes fun of you in front of your friends. He makes you laugh and cry all at the same time. He will bully you to the end of time, but will protect you from anyone else who dare tries to bully you. He is your partner in crime.
3. The irritating childhood friend who became your best buddy
You got into so many fights as kids that the teacher decided to make you sit separately. He is now your bro- though he might not shop with you or go the salon with you but he is always there for you.
4. The gentlemanly professor because of whom you stopped running after boys and started looking for a man
He bedazzled you with his wit and impressed you with his charm. He became a mentor and helped you make those big decisions about your life and career. He is the one who set the standards, and he set them high.
5. The puppy-love who allowed you to experience innocent, uncomplicated love
You two thought that saying ‘I love you’ to each other was the hardest and most meaningful thing you could do. That you would always stay together. Though you grew out of that love, the uncomplicated, innocent memories still linger.
6. The colleague who never let competition come between your friendship
In the highly competitive corporate world, he takes out time to point out your mistakes and save your ass. He will be happy to drop you home, will give you all the right career advice you need and will expect nothing in return.
7. The man you turned down but who chose to stick around, as a friend
People tease him about being ‘friend-zoned’ but he understands that you don’t ruin good things like a good friendship just because something more didn’t work out.
8. The eye candy you would never date
He may or may not be out of your league, but he is definitely hot. His chiseled body and perfect hair are a treat for your eyes. But you will never fall in love with him, because you are SO different. And he is the reason you know that.
9. The cousin who is always always always your saviour
Be it a late night-out or a random trip across the country, he made a lot of things possible for you. He is always ready to become your alibi and knows just the right words to pacify your angry parents.
10. Your 3 AM friend who will be there for you when no one else is
You may not talk to him very often, but when you do, it’s 3am. He listens to all your life problems, hears you blabber on and on about your relationship, parents, work, friends and anything else that may cross your mind at this ungodly hour. He does not leave a single opportunity to make fun of you but will be ready to bail you out of the most ridiculous situations you may land yourself in.
11. The horrible ex who taught you the most precious life lesson
Before that terrible break-up with him, you didn’t understand what all love could mean or become. Because of him, now you know exactly what you don’t want in your relationship.
12. Your brotha’ from anotha’ motha’
You are not siblings, you are not even remotely related. But he always has your back and loves you just like a brother would. The only difference perhaps is that unlike with a brother, you don’t need to be discreet around him.
13. The one who becomes your Agony Aunt, educating you about the confusing ways of men
From helping you understand your boyfriend’s psyche to telling you what the cute guy in your class means when he gives you a compliment, this friend is your window into the world of men.
14. The man of your dreams whom you can’t wait to find and fall head over heels in love with
People keep telling you that Prince Charming only exists in fairy-tales and that’s not what you should be looking for. But you know that life is a fairy-tale for each and every person – and he may not be a knight in shining armour to the world, but to you he is everything.
A man can only ever have one best man, but a girl is lucky enough to have so many men by her side!
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