The whole point of being a girl and having girlfriends is that however stupid and hideous you look or behave, they are biologically programmed to tell you that you're beautiful, your hair and shoes look fabulous, and you are not as fat as you think you are.
They take you shopping. They buy you a gorgeous dress for your birthday. They take you out for dinner and take you clubbing. Yes, clubbing. They cheer when you get carded at the bar.
I've made a vow to annually celebrate the eve of my birthday with my kindest, funniest girlfriends. I just discovered what a wonderful feeling it is waking up on your birthday with stomach muscle aches from laughing hysterically the previous night.
..and the giddy thought I was carded. (Oh yes, I'm beating this to death for months!)