We all have been there: contemplating whether or not to let someone into our minds, hearts, secrets, dreams and goals. It is truly one of the most difficult decisions to make, at least for some people. But sometimes, someone walks into your life in a way that makes it so simple to open up and get comfortable. Sometimes it isn’t a hard decision at all to let a specific someone in, and those people are the ones you have to hold onto. The people that “like you for who you are,” the ones who let you be yourself around them without judgment and can handle you at your worst -- those people are the ones who make it easy to let them in. So, this is an open letter to the one I let in.

First off, I want to say thank you for being that easy choice, the one person whom I didn’t even have to contemplate letting in -- I just did it. You came into my life at an unexpected time, and I am so happy that you did, because you weren’t the typical type of person I meet. You were different from everyone else. You ended up being my kind of human, and for that, I am truly grateful. I got close to you in a matter of months, which doesn’t happen with just anyone. Consider yourself special, please, because you are.

It’s amazing to find someone that gets how my mind works, and doesn’t even have to ask me what I am feeling, because you can tell just by how I am acting. Sometimes I swear I have my own personal mind reader, but to be honest, it’s not a horrible thing to have. Thank you for caring about me and realizing that I am an emotional person; thank you for putting up with my countless rants about random things; and most of all, thank you for being yourself.

So many people put a mask on and aren’t truly themselves around others. They feel like they can’t be weird at all because they will be judged. One of the many things I appreciate about you is that you make no apologies for who you are or who you want to be. You are real. You are real with not only yourself, but with everyone else too. You helped me to be more comfortable around you when I realized that we are so much alike in that way. We can be weirdos together, and we don’t care who is watching, because we are just ourselves... and if people don’t like that, then who cares.

So once again, thank you for making it such an easy choice to let you into my life, and thank you for staying in it, because honestly, now that you’re in my life, it would suck to not have you in it. Thank you for telling me to shut up when I am overthinking, and for comforting me even when we talked about the same exact thing the day before. Thank you for being real with me and with everyone else. Thank you for caring about me the way that you do, but most of all, thank you for being someone I can call my best friend. I have no clue what the future holds, but I suppose there is only one way to find out.

Sincerely,

Your Forever Friend