The 5 Best Parts About Coming Home

The 5 Best Parts About Coming Home

Everyone needs some TLC.
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Let's be honest. School is exhausting. After a week full of tests, going out, studying, etc everyone needs a little break. The best part of coming home is the comfort and normalcy that it provides. School is always changing with new people and clubs and courses, but home will always be a safe place to come back to. Here are my favorite parts about being home.

1. Family

Duh.

2. Friends

You finally get to reunite with your favorite people and not over the phone.

3. Food

Homemade is always better.

4. Sleep


Never get enough sleep at school, but get extra when you're home.

5. Relaxation!

Take a second to just breathe. You for sure need it!

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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A Letter To The Friends I've Lost

We never thought that we'd barely talk anymore; we were once so close.

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First of all, hi! It's so nice to talk to you again, even if this is just a one-way conversation for now. It's been a few months...or maybe even years...since we last spoke, but I felt the need to reach out.

It's hard to believe we've come this far from where we once were. We used to talk every day. We used to hang out at school every day. But now there is absolutely no contact between us anymore. At the time, it was either necessary for us to go our separate ways or we just drifted…

Of course, I have regrets, don't we all? I've definitely changed from knowing you and you helped shaped who I am becoming or have helped me through some tough times. You were my confidant, through thick and thin there was nothing we couldn't discuss. And now whatever came between us makes us act like we want nothing to do with each other...that could be true for you (hopefully not), but that's not how I feel. We had our time apart, and, to be honest, it hasn't always been the best without you in my life.

We all need certain people to come into our lives at certain times. (Everything happens for a reason, you know, like that kind of stuff). You know who are you. Every one of you that I've lost can probably think of all the specific things that happened between us, and maybe we remember things differently. Personally, I don't think some of those friendships were meant to end. But they did. Life can be like climbing a giant sand dune; it takes some time and can become extremely easy to lose sight of all the beauty and purpose of reaching the top when you have to climb it alone. Yes, I'm perfectly capable of climbing it by myself, but I would prefer to have some company, wouldn't you?

So even if you're done with me, and maybe you will never read this, I hope you know that you were (and will always be) important to me. I appreciate the time we spent in each other's lives. Never feel hesitant to reach out. I'm still your confidant. And I'll always listen to what you need to say. It's not like you have disappeared from my life -- I will always be looking out for your best interest and wondering how things are going for you. And when I ask people how you are, I'm so happy to hear that you are happy and doing well. I genuinely still care for you, no matter what came between us or whatever conflicts we had in the past.

My hope in writing this letter to you is mainly just to say thank you for being a friend to me. It's incredibly difficult to find good friends nowadays and reflecting on my past friendships makes me incredibly grateful to have such amazing people in my life. You were one of them.

Another hope in writing this letter to you is to let you know that I'm always an open door. Don't hesitate to ever reach out just to say hey or if you want to hang out or just to get something off your chest that you never said before. Even if it's been a while and it may not seem right as if that door has closed and there's no way to get back what we used to have. I'm here, letting you know it's never too late to reach out.

My last hope in writing this letter to you is my way of reaching out to you. I've felt hesitant and never know if you may feel this way too. Don't you miss it? Even a little? Enough to say just a brief "hi" every once in a while? Losing someone close to you is something I'm sadly very familiar with. I don't want to lose you too. Even though it feels as though I already have, I'm trying to change that. It doesn't have to be this way. We can change the future of our tattered friendship. That thing we used to hold so close. That thing that used to fill so much of our days. That thing that created so many memories. That thing doesn't have to end forever.

I'm reaching out. I hope you will too.

I'm here. I've always been here.

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