A Thank You To My Best Friends

A Thank You To My Best Friends

I am so grateful for them
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Making genuine friendships is extremely difficult for millennials today. Many, if not all of us, are on cell phones constantly. We miss moments to build friendships and make memories because we look down and are engrossed in our own digital worlds. With that being said, I want to thank my best friends who I know will always make time for me and be there in my times of need. I have built sincere relationships with them and trust that they will put me first when I need them to.

To my best friend circa 2000, thank you. Thank you for actually having my back for sixteen years of my life, and for checking up on me after we don't talk for long stretches of time. I am grateful that you are so understanding of my hectic, busy schedule. You understand that just because we have not talked in awhile does not mean that we are no longer close friends. Thank you for always listening to me when I need to vent, and for keeping my best interest in mind. Thank you for the laughter. Thank you for inviting me over your house for countless sleepovers. I will always cherish the fun times we had doing arts and crafts, playing in the woods behind your house, making forts, sledding down the big hills, playing on the swing set, riding those weird cat/chipmunk looking spring riders, jumping on the trampoline, and riding scooters down the driveway. Thank you for running errands with me, shopping, and going on Dunkin Donuts runs. Thank you for sticking with me all these years. I hope many, many more great memories are to come.

To my college friends, thank you. You have given me hope that there are people who genuinely care about me. High school was a rough time for me, but I can move past it because I have you guys. You drop what you are doing to help me out or cheer me up when I’m upset. You are silly, goofy, crazy people, but you help me realize when I need to take a break and just have some fun. Thank you for wanting to spend time with me; I know I can be a stick in the mud sometimes. I hope our friendships grow even stronger and that we come up with many more inside jokes.

To my boyfriend, thank you. You have been the love of my life and a best friend to me for five and a half years. Thank you for the lovely gifts you buy and the dinners you’ve paid entirely for. Yes, when you spend money on me it makes me happy, but thank you for all of the priceless memories and time you have spent with me. Thank you for choosing me five and a half years ago when I was an awkward adolescent. Thank you for getting to know me during those fun little talks by the riverside, during our first awkward date at the mall, and during all of those long, late night phone calls. We have both grown as people and it has been a great experience growing with you.Thank you for encouraging me and boosting my confidence. Thank you for picking me up when I am down. Thank you for loving and caring for me non-stop for so long. I cannot wait for all of the experiences we will have in the future together.
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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.

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From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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