As friends, it is our duty to be the No. 1 resource for one another during breakups, work problems, family drama and the occasional body image tailspin. We come equipped with our best one-liners, mood boosters and "you deserve better than that"s.
The truth is, there are things we simply wish we could say to our friends — and can't. Because, let's face it, being honest is really hard. Sometimes we fib to protect ourselves, or we lie to be gentle with their feelings. We hold back to keep from judging too harshly, or simply to avoid saying the wrong thing. We lie. And we rationalize that we do this to keep our relationships strong.
But imagine a reality in which our platitudes and consolations were replaced with real talk. Imagine if we were always authentic with our friends, and expressed the real emotions that our loving friendships deserve. Here's what our texts might look like: