6 Things Your Best Friend Has Taught You

6 Things Your Best Friend Has Taught You

2. The ones you trust the most can hurt you the most.
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Best friends, we've all had one. They're your ride or die, your platonic soulmate, your person. Whether you've had the same one your whole life or rotate through, there is a lot that having a best friend can teach you.

1. You're a badass.

Your best friend is always there to pick you up when you're down. They're the first person to remind you how amazing you are whenever you have doubts. Whether you failed a test or went through a bad break-up a real best friend will be right by your side to remind you of your worth. That's why they're best friends with you!

2. The ones you trust the most can hurt you the most.

Friendships end for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it's because your so-called best friend did something you just can't forgive. Unfortunately, it happens. This one's going to sting, but just like a romantic relationship, you don't deserve to spend time with someone you can't trust with your life. Someone else, who really is as great as you are, will come along.

3. A true best friend has your back, no matter what.

Your best friend would wake up at any hour when you need them. They always find time for you when you need it. No problem is too big or too small for your best friend to help with. They will always be behind you, cheering you on or standing right next to you throwing punches.

4. Any time can be a good time with your best friend.

Whether you're at a party surrounded by hundreds or just staying in watching Netflix, being with your best friend is enough to make it a good night. You can make a good time out of anything because just being together is better than being alone. It doesn't matter what you're doing, as long as you're doing it together.

5. Alone time is necessary.

As great as being around your best friend is, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. But don't worry, they'll totally understand if you need a breather. That's why you're best friends, they respect your privacy and your wishes. They'll be ready to go again for whatever, whenever you're ready.

6. The value of being a good friend.

Your best friend is probably a great person, and everything that they give to you has to be reciprocated. If they can be there for you at all hours, that type of love will only stick around if you can give it right back. True friendship is more than just having a personal cheerleader, but a relationship that only works when both people give everything they can. For this person, you wouldn't have it any other way.

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A Letter To My Best Friend On Valentine's Day

Because you are my ultimate Valentine.
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To my beautiful best friend,

Warning: This letter is about to get extremely cheesy. I am talking four cheese lasagna cheesy. But no one deserves a love letter like this more than you do.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to express my love for you. On this wondrous occasion with which most people express their love to their significant other, I want to tell you, my best friend, how much I cherish our friendship.

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You are the ultimate love of my life. Boys have come and gone but you remain a constant; for that I am grateful. You have been there for me when my family could not be; for that I am grateful. You have been my backbone, my rock, and all those other clichés people use to describe the people they care about, and yet you have been so much more than that as well; for that I am grateful.

All my love this Valentine’s Day goes out to you, my friend, because you do not receive it enough. You have picked me up out of the dirt, brushed me off, and kissed my wounds more times than I can count, and I will never be able to thank you enough for that, but I am sure am going to try.

Thank you for the midnight cries. Thank you for the midnight laughs. Thank you for ordering way too much food with me and still just eating it all. Thank you for the advice, both solicited and unsolicited. Thank you for telling me what I need to hear, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. Thank you for the silly pictures. Thank you for the stupid inside jokes. Thank you for making bad decisions with me. Thank you for laughing with me and laughing at me. Thank you for the endless memories.

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More than anything, I want you to know that I love you. I love you. You are the family I get to choose, the one I go to when I have nowhere else to turn. You are the one I know I can always run to, whether we saw each other yesterday or haven’t seen each other in a year. You have played a part in molding who I am as a person, and I am so grateful for having such an amazing person affecting my life in such a positive way.

With all the love in my heart,

Your friend
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To The Friends I Can Be Myself Around

An open letter to those whose friendships I value more than a pint of Graeter's ice cream.

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There are those friends I love and care about deeply, but cannot be my true self around. Someone asked me before, "How can you call someone your friend if you can't be yourself around them?" I don't change myself to accommodate them or act in a manner unnatural to me — I just don't show them some sides of me. Growing up, some of my friends did not understand how I could ever want to write books or how I could love reading so much, so I learned at a young age to keep that side of me to myself. And yes, those are important parts of me, but my friends who did not understand it did accept it, and that was enough. Some thought it bizarre and humorous I love Celtic instrumental music or said some hurtful things about what I love that I realize now wasn't okay. But at the end of the day, there is love between us and common ground where I just remember to not mention some things.

Then there are those friends I can be my complete, unapologetic, authentic self with. The ones who support and encourage you to chase your dreams, even if they don't understand them. The ones who you can cry to about something silly, say whatever is on your mind without regretting it, and who thinks it's preposterous you refuse to fart in their presence because your other friends would give you crap for it (pun intended, and also true story). The ones you stay up late into the night talking about philosophy and crushes until your voices begin to rasp. The ones who are the closest to your heart.

I want to say thank you to these brilliant, caring, beautiful friends, new and old. Your love and support has helped me at all times, through the good and the bad and the boring. I only hope to be the same friend to you, to be open-minded, supportive, and enthusiastic. I believe it is important to cultivate a wide range of friends and support, but many of the friendships I mention earlier will most likely only be kept alive through memories; ours will last many lives to come. I look forward to growing old with you all and growing together.

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