Dear Emily, Love Always Your Wild One

Dear Emily, Love Always Your Wild One

You have been there for everything, I can not imagine my life without you, Emily Rose.

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Dear Emily,

I know most days you want to punch me in the face, but that is okay. I still love you. I can not believe that after 9 years we are still friends. Maybe because we are family and are kind of forced to be. But in reality, I can't imagine my life without you. You have been there through the tears, the smiles, the laughs, the pants peeing, and most importantly midnight taco bell runs. I can't thank you enough for everything that you do for me. The support you give me is unimaginable, I am seriously the luckiest girl in the world to have you as my best friend.

The love you give me is crazy. But above all the fact you will leave your house at 1 am because I call you up bawling my eyes out because of something a boy did. You do not hesitate, I call you and you are in your car on your way. Even when you have to be up for 6 am for school in the morning you come to me. I hit the jackpot with you. From growing up to now I can not believe all the memories we have made. The road trips to Jersey, different waterfalls, all the mac and cheese that we have eaten, and the law and order SVU marathons.

You have been there for everything, I can not imagine my life without you, Emily Rose. I am blessed. I can not wait to grow old, to graduate together, to be next to each other as we tie the knot, to watch our kids grow up, to laugh and cry with you. I do not want anyone else there. I can wait till we get our first apartment together, I can not wait to be able to take a vacation and finally have a break. Through all the little fights, the bickering, the times we want to kill each other over something stupid, we look past it and forget about it. Because our relationship means more than just that. I will continue to keep you wild, as long as you continue to keep me safe.

Love, your wild one

Harley.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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It Is OK To Have Guy Friends That Are Literally Just Guy Friends

Some of my best friends are guys and sometimes they are better friends than girls are.

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Lately, I have come to the realization that some of my guy friends are better then some girls I call my "friends". Ever since middle school, I have always had many guy friends that have always been just guy friends, and nothing more. Some girls had a problem with it back then and they still do now, maybe because they are jealous, or maybe because they feel left out. However, I decided a long time ago to keep those guy friends for reasons like...

1. They Don't Take Things So Seriously

You can always joke around with them, and they will joke around with you right back. You can be as nice as you want or as mean as you want to them, and they will always take it as joke. I think that sometimes girls have a difficult time deciphering between when you are being serious or when you are joking. Most of my guys friends tend to not things too seriously at least 75% of the time.

2. They Are Always Honest

When I need a blatantly honest opinion I always ask my guy friends (and my mom). I do this because guys do not really care about whether or not their response will make you mad. Also, guys do not think about if their answer will benefit them personally or not before they answer.

3. They Genuinely Listen To You

Not all the time. But when I am upset, they are always the ones most concerned. Some of my guy friends take over the "big brother" role when it comes to some situations. My guy friends always listen to my problems or just the same old rants I give all the time because if something is wrong, or something has hurt me, they want to know, in order for them to try and fix it.

I am not trying to say that my girl friends are not my best friends either, and I really do have the best best friend. But sometimes, it just feels good to hangout with my guy friends. Guy friends, that I have never had a romantic relationship or feelings for and they have not had for me. These guys have always been there, and for that I am grateful.

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