An Open Letter To the Person Who Wants to Be Just Friends

An Open Letter To the Person Who Wants to Be Just Friends

Maybe Someday

I want to be friends with you. Quite honestly, your presence brightens up my mood. I still think about all the times that we laughed together. I'd love to still have that in my life, but maybe that's not what is supposed to happen.

Let me start out by saying thank you, for never judging me. Thank you for letting me open up a little bit to you, I wish you got to learn everything. Unfortunately, I just couldn't tell you everything as much as I tried to bring myself to do. Thank you for always coming over those nights when I truly needed you. Thank you for always answering my phone calls. Thank you for befriending my school family. But I guess all good things eventually come to an end, and I suppose walking away was the right thing for me to do. But, I'll always talk about how much of an incredible person you actually are. I hope someday you find someone who brightens up your world, just like you used to brighten up mine.

It stings. It hurts to walk around, knowing that you're no more than 5 feet in front of me and I just don't exist in your world anymore. It hurts to know that I can't call, knowing in five minutes you'd be at the door for me. It hurts a little less everyday, but I can't lie-it still stings a bit. I guess I'm just really not good with change.

Maybe someday I can be friends with you. Maybe I can look in your eyes again someday without seeing the blue that reminds me of the oceans that I've come across, so beautiful and yet so filled with intensity. Maybe I can look over and your smile won't make everything and everyone in the room disappear.

I know that walking away was the right thing for me to do. I know that I had to do this for me, I know that I had to straighten out everything that I needed to without dragging you into it. Walking away meant that you could move on, which I hope that someday you do and we can be in one another's lives again. I truly don't want to lose you.

But until then, I hope you know how much of an incredible person that you are. I hope that you know I appreciate the times that we were able to spend time together, I hope that you know that I appreciate you coming into my life, even if briefly. I'm truly thankful for the time that I got to understand some of you.

I hope someday that you and I can share stories and laughs again, but until then, I guess all you really need to know, is thank you.

Cover Image Credit: Laura Makabresku

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"


It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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