An Open Letter To The People In My Life

An Open Letter To The People In My Life

Life is hard, but it is even harder without friends and people who support you.

To Whomever It May Concern,

I remember when I made my first friend in school. She was like my other half, my twin. I had my first sleepover with her, made crafts with her, went to the park with her, etc. It was grand. I never knew she would turn out to be one of my biggest critics. A lot of the time, when we look for a friend, we look for people who have the same interests as you, who are basically the same. And a lot of the time that works, to a point. I, however, have found the best friends to make are the ones who are completely opposite of you. They fill the parts of you that are missing or lacking, in a way. I think I made my first real friends in third grade. Thank you Anna, Kim and Marie. Thank you for hanging out with me on the playground, thank you for inviting me to your houses, thank you for supporting me the only way third graders really ever could. Without you guys, I would never have known what a real friend was like.

In the sixth grade, we all started out with a fresh new group of people and a whole new set of rules. During the first two weeks, I met wonderful people and thought, I can get through this, as I looked at my first ever class schedule. And then the unthinkable happened. Almost a month into the school year I got placed in the Honors Program, which was amazing for me as a student, but dreadful to me a person because it meant an entirely new class schedule, and an entirely new set of classmates. Not to mention I was trying out for basketball, my first team sport. That’s where I met Ashley.

Thank you, Ashley, for taking me under your wing. I didn’t even know I’d see you again after the first basketball informational meeting, but as luck would have it, we would have almost the same schedule of classes. One of the most memorable moments was when I saw you in gym and you introduced me to your crazy, blonde friend, Andrea. Without the two of you, middle school would have killed me. You guys protected me from the bullies and the haters and I will forever be in your debt. You introduced me to all of your friends like I was always a part of your group. You gave me the confidence to be myself. You accepted me, even with all of my flaws and baggage, knowing I brought the wrath of many, but stood by my side, totally unashamed to be my friends. Saying thank you will never be enough, but it’s a good start don’t you think?

High school came around way too quickly. Larger school, more places to get lost and, of course, new friends to make. To list all the amazing people I met would take a lifetime, but I’ll try my best to get everyone. To my choir family, thank you for dealing with my sass and helping me break out of my shyness. I know it is hard to believe that I was ever shy, but to the very first person to give me hope that I could ever be a good vocalist. Thank you, Mr. Fisher, I am entirely in your debt and I feel like I never truly thanked you for everything you did for me. You gave me a safe place to turn, you gave me an ear to listen when I was scared to confront people for attacking me. You gave me confidence and you helped me find my sass. Thank you for everything and keep doing what you’re doing. You are an amazing teacher and an even better person, and my life has only benefited from knowing you. To my theater family, a million levels of gratitude for giving me an opportunity to find myself. Theater isn’t just about portraying whatever character you’ve been casted as. It’s about finding that person in you, becoming that person, and the only way to really do that is to know yourself. Thank you, Ms. Behzadi, for pushing me to be better in everything I strive for. Thank you Mr. Wayne, for not alone being the best birthday twin, but for inspiring me to embrace every aspect of myself because you never know where it will leave you. If high school taught me anything, it is that life is to short to believe what everyone says about you, and that labels you gain in high school have very little effect in the grand scheme of your life. The only thing that really matters is what you leave behind: Is it a positive message or a negative influence?

Lastly, but certainly not least, Thank you to wonderful friends I’ve made in college. Thank you for that late night adventures, the last minute study sessions, the spontaneous trips, the laughs, the tears. Thank you for everything, because for the first time in my life, I really feel like I have escaped the labels I had back home. You have all given me a freedom that you will never truly understand, but know that I am eternally grateful to all of you. There are so many dreams that I wish to achieve, and already, in just year, you’ve helped me reach them, whether you know it or not. I look forward to what the next three years hold for those of us who are staying, and to those who are leaving I hope we can still stay in touch and visit each other every once in a while. Who knows?

I don’t know what the future holds, but I do know this: “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship” – Thomas Aquinas. I can’t say that the road will be easy, but I know that wherever it leads, I’ll never regret meeting each and every one of you people.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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To My Long-Distance Best Friend, We Might Be 7,811 Miles Apart, But Our Friendship Only Gets Stronger

It breaks my heart that I cannot be around for your birthdays or to celebrate your achievements. But I'm so proud of every milestone you achieve. I am so proud of all your accomplishments and the person you are becoming.


To my best friend,

It has been 270 days since I last met you and 206 more days until I meet you again. People say that time flies by quickly, but these have been the most difficult days that seemed to drag on forever. Five years ago when you were sitting next to me on the first day of our sociology class, I had no idea we would end up being best friends. From sharing my mother's parathas during lunch breaks to the countless sleepovers, I will never forget all the memories we created throughout high school.

I vividly remember the day I told you I would be studying abroad. You were so happy and proud of me for pursuing my dreams but also upset that we wouldn't be seeing each other every now and then. I was worried if our friendship would even last. But we have spent almost two years away from each other and our friendship only seems to get stronger.

I'm so grateful to technology for allowing us to be in touch all the time. My day doesn't feel complete if I do not receive a text from you. I know we do not video call often because of how busy our schedules are (another reason being time zones suck and I cannot do the math), but always know that I am there for you. It breaks my heart that I cannot be around for your birthdays or to celebrate your achievements. But I'm so proud of every milestone you achieve. I am so proud of all your accomplishments and the person you are becoming.

We have both had some terrible friendship experiences in our past before we met each other that have completely broken our faith in friendships. But know that you can always count on me and that I will never leave your side. Know that I will always set an alarm early in the morning just to video call you. Know that I will always be there for you (even if I'm not physically present around you). Know that you will always be the first person I share everything with.

I cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for me. Thank you for encouraging me to make new friends at college. Thank you for always being there during my failures and reminding me that it's not the end of the world and that more opportunities will come my way. Thank you for being there during my successes and being my number one cheerleader. Thank you for always reminding me to love myself. You not only have a special place in my heart but also have a special place in my family. My mother and sister not only glad that I have a best friend like you but also adore you so much. It is impossible to imagine a life without you.

I cannot wait for more butter chicken sleepover dates in December!

Lots of love,

Your best friend.

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