To My Best Friend, Who Has Been Through It All With Me

To My Best Friend, Who Has Been Through It All With Me

To my once in a lifetime friend, my person...

To my best friend,

It's hard to believe that there was a time that I managed a life without you. Who did I send memes to when I found one I couldn't stop laughing at? Who did I walk around town with at obscure hours with?

It seems like just yesterday I was admiring you from afar, wishing that I was cool enough to be friends with you.

You brought me into your life with open arms, and I could never be more thankful. Soon your home became mine; your family (and pets, of course) became my second home.

Sure, we've had some arguments and falling outs from time to time. But as the time went on, we always found our way back to each other.

You've seen my awkward phases where I cut my hair too short and tried to go from bangs cut just above my eyebrows to side bangs a week after I just cut them.

You've seen my "scene" phase, in which my wardrobe consisted of band shirts, skinny jeans, and way too much eyeliner. (You also saw the little glimmer of revival when MCR made that announcement, but we'll ignore that...)

You've listened to me cry over boys that were never worth my time. You knew it, I knew it, but you were there for me anyway.

You've lived the times where you had to document every minute for it to be relevant. We raided my moms closet and took a bunch of clothes to your house for a lot of awkwardly angled photographs.

We're basically a part of each other's family. It was never a surprise when we were over each other's houses. You'd even come along to my family outings.

Thank you for the countless hours of video chatting with me, even though we live five minutes away from each other.

Thank you for being my right hand, my go to, for everything. Through all the stupid jobs we've had, we always cheer each other on from the side lines.

For all the phone calls, webcam pictures, omegle nights, sleepovers, makeup sessions. venting sessions, outfit advice, boy advice, hugs, tears wiped away, I love you more and more.

I know it's not as easy with us being so far away, but I'm so happy that we're just as close.

Most importantly, thank you for growing with me, and still standing right by my side to this day.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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10 Fun Things You Should Do With Your College Friends Before Summer

Before your friend from New York heads back home, grab her and enjoy her company while you can.



1. Go on a shopping spree for summer clothes

2. Try out a new restaurant

3. Get matching tattoos (or henna if this is too extreme)

4. Get piercings together

5. Go bowling with a group of friends

6. Go skydiving

7. Go explore a zoo

8. Go on a hiking trail

9. Plan out a weekend to meet over the summer

10. P-A-R-T-Y!!

In college, you meet people from all over the world. Though when you become best friends with those people it is hard to say goodbye when the college year ends. Hopefully, these ideas will help you say goodbye easier (it will definitely be hard but at least you have these memories to hold on too)!


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