An Open Letter To My Best Friend On Her Wedding Day

An Open Letter To My Best Friend On Her Wedding Day

I hear wedding bells! (Maybe in the far future.)

With so many weddings and engagements happening in my life right now, it made me think of what I want to say to my best friends on their wedding days. After going through one wedding for a best friend, I realized I am a total crybaby at weddings (sorry, Victoria.) I wasn't able to tell my BFF everything I wanted to, so here is my chance (and your chance) to tell my friends who are married, engaged, dating someone, or even the most single friend you have what you want them to know the day they get married.

Dear BFF,

I cannot believe you are finally getting married! We have talked about this day for so long, and it is finally here (except you probably aren't marrying that celeb we thought you would). There are so many things that are running through my mind that I want to tell you before you start this new adventure in your life.

First, I will always be here for you, even though you are changing your last name. You can't get rid of me that easily! Whether your husband is on a business trip or you need a few hours of girl time, I will always be ready to hang out with you. I will be there for you when you have your first fight with him, when you ruin the wonderful surprise dinner you had planned, or when you are so done with it all.

I will also be there for you when you are picking out your first anniversary gift, moving into your new house, when you find out you are pregnant, and when that sweet little baby is born. I will be there for you during the ups and downs, like I have been for as long as I have known you. I do not know what is ahead for you, but I do know I will always be here to cheer with you and cry with you! Although your husband is now your number one supporter, I will be a close second (probably tied with your mom).

Secondly, you probably should warn your future husband about me. Just let him know that we are package deal and he doesn't need to be alarmed if I end up showing up at your door at 1 a.m., because that is normal. Prepare him for our family dinners and game nights. I hope he doesn't mind being the third wheel sometimes.

Just like I'm there for you, I will be there for him too. If he needs help picking out a gift for you or understanding you, I will be happy to help. He should probably just put me on speed dial, if we are being honest. I can't wait for all of our adventures together, just the three of us (maybe four, if my Mr. Right ever shows)/ But don't worry, I will take the hint when both of you have had enough of me for one day. I guess you probably will want some alone time with each other, since you are husband and wife after all.

Finally, you are an amazing human being that deserves the best in the world, and I believe you have found it in your soon-to-be husband. I hope he fills your days with unbelievable happiness. Marriage won't be easy, but I know you will work through all the difficulties. You are a strong woman and my role model in so many ways. God made you extra special and made your husband especially for you! I am so excited to watch you both grow into husband and wife. You will be the next power couple, like Nathan and Haley, Chuck and Blair, William and Kate, or Johnny and June. I am so proud of you and I know you are going to be the most beautiful bride the world has seen. I am so excited to be witnessing your special day, thank you for letting me be a part of it!

I love you now and forever.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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