To My Best Friend, What Would I Do Without You?

To My Best Friend, What Would I Do Without You?

This is basically just a love letter for my best friend Maria.


I seem to be a person who is obsessed with the idea of a soulmate, someone who I will instantly connect with and form an extremely powerful bond with. I share these deep thoughts about this idea of "soulmates" with my friend Maria, but the irony of the whole thing is that she pretty much is my soulmate. I have never met someone who compliments me so well and she's truly an angel. Maria is the first person I will text while in a sappy rage of sad feelings (which happens more often than one would think) and she provides the ultimate cure for these crazy emotions. The amount of comfort we have gained in talking with each other is something that is impossible to ignore when evaluating how far we've come as friends. The most important thing to note about our friendship is that we both have different struggles as humans, but we learn so much from each other and help each other to grow from experiences rather than pandering on them.

Maria (pictured right) and I at a friend's gigJacqueline Napier

Maria and I first became really close in our freshman year Biology class at our high school. We sat next to each other and I admired her sense of humor that some people were honestly scared of. We continued being friends throughout high school, having lunch together our senior year, and going to each other's graduation parties. Keeping in touch with her after high school was something that just seemed natural, because (not to be dramatic) Maria makes my life full. Today, Maria and I don't get to see each other as much as we used to when we were in the same building five days a week, but it seems like our friendship has only grown stronger. We text each other pretty much every day and whenever we get in the car together, the conversation erupts. The magic in our friendship is that we never run out of things to talk about, whether we're talking about zodiac sign compatibility or our favorite movies.

Maria and I at our Senior PromJacqueline Napier

Maria is the type of person who radiates happiness, even if she's not feeling the same way. She makes sure that by the end of any social event, everyone is a little bit closer to each other. Her personality shines through at all times and it is crazy how many friends I've made just from her ability to make conversation with almost anyone. I appreciate Maria so much in whatever form she comes in as she's acted as a wing woman, a therapist, and a best friend to me over the course of our relationship. I'm so grateful for her and if you're reading this and you have a friend like Maria, please let them know how much you appreciate them.

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.

“It’s so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it but suddenly there right in front of you is everything you ever need.”


Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can’t thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You’ve taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and more importantly adventurous.

You don’t realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn’t see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can’t see my life without you in it. It’s funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn’t know existed.

I don’t even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn’t have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the ying to my yang, and I don’t care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I’ve learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It’s as if I wished up a best friend, and poof—you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn’t trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Medders

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I'm Proud Of My Friends Because They Show Me The True Meaning Of Love Every Day

In the midst of a competitive, harsh society of school and work, my friends teach me everyday what it means to love.


Every Christmas, our friend group does Secret Santa, our little way of celebrating the holiday season even when all of us can't meet up at one time over the break. And every summer, we all meet up with each other and spend the entire day together, taking a slew of pictures and laughing nonstop.

I've come to realize in the past school year that competitive energy can bring out the worst in people, especially the ones you expected it from the least. But I have not seen my friends waver once against the hard, cold face of competition. They've stayed completely true to themselves and the bonds they have with their close friends.

One of my friends is one of the only people I spend more time with during the day than I do by myself. She and I are currently part of a philanthropic program dedicated to raising money for blood cancer research, and we think of each other as sisters.

She and I have shared tears, memories and laughs so close to me that I will never forget the impact she has left on my life. She has changed me as a person, and I think that's what it means to love. As one of my best friends, she teaches me every single day of my life what it means to be a strong, fearless woman.

I see a lot of my friends only once in a while, but it makes me think about the fact that no matter how little we get to see each other, we still have that same appreciation and respect for one another that started the friendship in the first place.

No matter how close I consider myself to each person I call a friend, they all think about me even when they don't need to. They give me little tokens and pep talks when I'm feeling down and make sure to focus on making me cheerful when I'm not myself. They carry themselves with so much emotional elegance, and I have never been more thankful to be a part of their lives.

Every single day that I see them, they teach me how to be a better person.

What makes me proudest of my friends is that they are not afraid to put me in my place. Everything they say to me is out of concern for my well-being, but they always make sure to tell me when I'm wrong. It's something I disliked at first (considering sugarcoating was just a way of hiding the truth when I didn't want to hear it) but came to enormously respect.

They teach me the meaning of love everyday by molding me into a combination of tough love and empathy.

The friend who fights by my side everyday against blood cancers gives me a hug at the first sign that I'm not happy, but she doesn't hesitate to stop me when I start blaming other details for my mistakes. The friends who love giving gifts every holiday season to show their love when we can't see each other are the same people who explain to me the rational reasoning of a situation when my emotions take over. The friends who I see only a few times a month also teach me that there is value to having distant friends who aren't always there.

It's so strange how much I've changed because of the people I've surrounded myself with because I always say I'll stay true to myself. But I'm a mix of their individual personalities, and I've never been happier.

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