An Open Letter To The Friends I Haven't Spoken To In Years

An Open Letter To The Friends I Haven't Spoken To In Years

I wish you all the best.
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Dear friends I haven't spoken to in forever,

I hope you are doing well! I hope you are getting everything out of life you have always wanted. I hope you still think of me, because I sure think of you. I think of everything we went through together. I think of how we grew up and had to figure this whole thing called life out.

I miss all the late night conversations we would have during our many sleepovers. I miss playing with dolls. I miss watching movies, like The Notebook, for the first time ever. I miss being able to call you and ask if you could hang out on Saturday. I miss working on homework together, which we always felt was so hard. I miss our study parties. Man, middle school was so difficult! *sarcasm*

I miss talking for hours and then breaking out into uncontrollable laughter. I miss getting to tell you stories from my past or about how I have a total crush on the guy who sits behind me in English class! I miss running away from our moms when they came to pick us up from each others' houses.

I miss going to the river together and riding on the tube and flying off into the water when we hit the enormous waves. I miss hanging out outside on the swings trying to see who could go higher. I was never brave enough to jump off.

I'll never forget the dances we put together and practiced for hours and hours for the talent show at school. I'll never forget how we all first met, and what we all thought of each other. I'll never forget the stupid fights we would get into because I did something to annoy you. I'll never forget how we would be able to sit in the same room, and not say a word to each other, but we knew how each other were feeling. I'll never forget book club and how only some of us actually finished the book. Let's face it, we only went to those meetings so we could play and hang out together and eat mac n cheese and drink Coke. I'll never forget getting ready for Cotillion together. We would all put on our pretty dresses and white gloves, and after we would all go to Coldstone for ice cream.

I regret not staying in touch with you. I'm sorry I didn't call you or text you when I moved to another school. I'm sorry I stopped asking you to hang out. I'm sorry I ruined our friendship. I hope someday we can see each other again and remember all the memories we had together. I hope we can all laugh until we cry. I hope we can go on new adventures together someday.

I'm sure you have become even more beautiful, talented, and funny. I'm sure you have found new friends to call your best friends/sisters. But, remember, you will always hold a special place in my heart.

Love,

The friend who will never forget you

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17 Empowering Bible Verses For Women

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We all have those days where we let the negative thoughts that we're "not good enough," "not pretty enough" or "not smart enough" invade our minds. It's easy to lose hope in these situations and to feel like it would be easier to just give up. However, the Bible reminds us that these things that we tell ourselves are not true and it gives us the affirmations that we need. Let these verses give you the power and motivation that you're lacking.

1. Proverbs 31:25

"She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future."

2. Psalm 46:5

"God is within her, she will not fall."

3. Luke 1:45

"Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her."

4. Proverbs 31:17

"She is energetic and strong, a hard worker."

5. Psalm 28:7

"The Lord is my strength and my shield."

6. Proverbs 11:16

"A gracious woman gains respect, but ruthless men gain only wealth."

7. Joshua 1:9

"Be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

8. Proverbs 31:30

"Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised."

9. 1 Corinthians 15:10

"By the grace of God, I am what I am."

10. Proverbs 31:26

"When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness."

11. Psalm 139:14

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."

12. 1 Peter 3:3-4

"Don't be concerned about the outward beauty of fancy hairstyles, expensive jewelry, or beautiful clothes. You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is so precious to God."

13. Colossians 2:10

"And in Christ you have been brought to fullness."

14. 2 Timothy 1:7

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."

15. Jeremiah 29:11

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

16. Exodus 14:14

"The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."

17. Song of Songs 4:7

"You are altogether beautiful, my darling, beautiful in every way."

Next time you're feeling discouraged or weak, come back to these verses and use them to give you the strength and power that you need to conquer your battles.

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How To Be A Good Friend, As Told By My High School Journal

Being a good friend doesn't change as we get older.

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So I have been thinking lately about what it means to be a friend. I think the most important attribute of a good friend is loyalty. A true friend sticks with you when you are not acting like your normal self. A true friend sticks by your side even when you are hurting them or acting like a complete jerk. It is a really hard thing to stand by your friend when you see them making mistakes or changing into a new person right before your eyes. It sucks and it hurts.

Surface friends are friends that are only there for you on the surface of things. When they see that you are doing well and you have something that they want they become your friend. Sucking up and acting like they love you so much and how great it would be to be friends. As soon as what they want is gone or you start to have a rough patch they move on and leave you in the dust. THAT SUCKS. Why waste time with people like this? Friendships are so important and they need to be chosen wisely. You can always tell who your true friends are when things get bad.

Just from observing some of the friendships around me they really amaze me. It is crazy to me that some people let other people walk all over them. It is so screwed up and it makes me sad that so many people have so little self-respect to ditch the friends that act like that. Instagram likes or being at the right party doesn't matter. Most of the time the "cool crowd" is shallow and actually doesn't care about you as a person. They care that they are seen with the right people and that they are made out to be such a big deal.

None of that matters! Life is so much more than that.

Why waste time and energy working so hard to impress someone. Girls especially want to impress other girls and feel confident. I even see girls becoming friends with girls that are vulnerable and insecure just so that they can build themselves up because they know that that girl has so confidence. It's as if you saw a really hungry puppy and you wave a bone in front of it to where it wants to come near you. Just as the dog gets close enough to you and builds up enough strength to bite for the bone you pull it away. It makes me sad to see this happening all around me.

Think long and hard about who your friends are. If something terrible happened to you today or your "social status" dropped would they still be there? Are they in the friendship because they love you or are they in it for what material things you have to offer? It can be a very hard line to see and to distinguish. I have had this happen to me a lot and trust me it is no fun.

Basically what I am getting at is be a good friend and choose good friends. Love your friends even when they are so hard to love. Be in the friendship for the person and not for the material things. Bring each other up and be positive! Surround yourself with positive people that have your best interest at heart.

I hope that all of you have good friends that you know are there for you. Hold on to those relationships so tight and be so thankful for them. Good friends are hard to find but when you get them they are worth more than anything!

Be happy and do something nice today

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