An Open Letter To My Best Friend Who's My Boyfriend

An Open Letter To My Best Friend Who's My Boyfriend

The butterflies are real...
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To My Boyfriend,

Since day one, I've known you were different than other guys. You were unashamedly yourself, and that's one of the many reasons I love you.

You are my best friend, and you have been for over 5 years now. But more importantly, you're my life partner. You've proven to me over the last 3 years that you will stick with me through the highs and lows. Even when I want to give up on myself, you believe in me and push me to do better.

I remember when we first tried dating freshman year, (I know, I know, we don't talk about freshman year. But I am talking about it.) and you kept carrying me everywhere even though I didn't want you to.

Imagine how ridiculous we looked, you running down the high school hall with a seven-year-old looking person draped over your shoulder, kicking you and laughingly screaming for you to put them down.

It seems crazy to me that from that bizarrely immature place, we managed to morph into this real couple. We've dealt with more than our share of hardships, and I know I don't make it easy on you, but I hope that we have what it takes to make it the rest of our lives, regardless of how many bad puns we both make.

You've been my best friend for almost six years now, and I'm incredibly blessed to have you as my boyfriend as well. You can always make me laugh, even when I don't really want to. You know me better than anybody else, myself included. And you've survived meeting my family, and STILL, want to continue dating me! Which, trust me, is a feat. They're pretty weird, but so are you.

You know, when we celebrated our one year anniversary, I told you I felt butterflies in my stomach every time I saw you. And I'm both relieved and saddened to report that I no longer feel butterflies in my stomach. Instead, they seem to have moved upward into my chest. Because when I wake up next to you in the morning, my heart soars just like the butterflies.

You're the best part of my every day, and even though I drive you crazy most days, I hope I'm a good part of your day as well. And I hope you at least partially understand the gibberish I've just spouted into this, but if not I'll be there to translate it. I promise you I'll always be here to translate my nonsense into English for you.

Love,

Your Best Friend/ Girlfriend

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22 New Things That I Want To Try Now That I'm 22

A bucket list for my 22nd year.

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"I don't know about you but I'm feelin' 22," I have waited 6 long years to sing that and actually be 22! Now 22 doesn't seem like a big deal to people because you can't do anything that you couldn't do before and you're still super young. But I'm determined to make my 22nd year a year filled with new adventures and new experiences. So here's to 22.

1. Go sky diving.

What's crazier than jumping out of a plane? (Although I'll probably try indoor skydiving first.)

2. Go cliff jumping/diving.

I must be the only Rhode Islander who hasn't gone to Jamestown and jumped off a cliff.

3. Ride in a hot air balloon.

Up, up and away.

4. Try out skiing.

Cash me in the next Olympics, how bout dat.

5. Try out snow boarding.

Shawn White, I'm coming for you.

6. Go bungee jumping.

Because at least this time I'll be attached to something.

7. Go to Portugal.

I mean I'm Portuguese so I have to go at some point, right?

8. Go to Cape Verde.

Once again, I'm Cape Verdean so I have to go.

9. Vist one of the seven wonders of the world.

I mean hey, Egypt's on, my bucket list.

10. Try out surfing.

It's only natural that somebody from the Ocean State knows how to surf.

11. Learn a new langauge.

Because my little bit of Portuguese, Spanish and Latin isn't cutting it anymore.

12. Travel to a state that I've never been to before.

Fun fact: I've only been to 17 of the 50 states.

13. Go paddle boarding.

Pretty boring but I've never done it.

14. Go scuba diving.

I'm from the Ocean State so I guess I should see the ocean up close and personal.

15. Learn how to line dance.

There's actually a barn in my state that does line dancing, so this one will definitely get crossed off.

16. Go kayaking.

All this water around me and I haven't done a lot of the water activites.

17. Stay the night in a haunted hotel room.

I bet if I got my friends to come with me, it would be like the Suite Life of Zach and Cody episode, minus the ghost coming out of the wall but you never know.

18. Get my palms read.

Because who doesn't want to know their future.

19. Go to a medium.

Like a medium that can communicate with people that have died.

20. Take a helicopter ride.

Air plane: check Helicopter:....

21. Sleep under the stars.

Because sleeping in a tent is more like glamping than camping

22. Just to try new things in my everyday life.

Whether it's trying a new restaurant, getting something different at my usual restaurants, changing my usual style, going on the scary rides at amusement parks, and bringing things I used to do back into my life now.

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An Open Letter To The Love Of my Life

Happy four year anniversary, Kaylee.

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She is the most perfect thing on this planet. Her hair, her face, her body, her personality, her everything is perfect. Her name has even been "perfect" on my cell phone since I met her over four years ago. The second my eyes met hers, I knew she was the one. I know many people say they fell in love at first sight, but mine was one hundred percent real. Our four year anniversary is coming up and I couldn't have been happier. This perfect woman is Kaylee Clever.

It may sound funny to others, but I actually met the love of my life at the local McDonald's. I was from Schaumburg and she was from Elk Grove. My Schaumburg friends knew Kaylee from a prior event and we all met up for the first time at McDonald's. She went to grab some food from the counter with another guy and my heart shattered thinking she was taken. I was very relieved to hear that she was just friends with this guy so I had a shot. She was so beautiful when I saw her, even with the smell of greasy McDonald's fries in the background. I had some small talk with her but was too nervous to even get a number. I thought that was the last time I'd see her, but I was thankfully wrong.

A week passed and I eventually saw her again at a friend's house. We started talking about "Flappy Bird" and we tried to beat each other's high scores. I made her laugh some and we added each other on Twitter. We would DM each other every other day when we beat a high score on "Flappy Bird." We laughed a lot and started texting. I started to fall for this girl even harder because she was so easy to get along with. She had the same personality as me and I knew she was the one.

A few months passed and we talked every day. I knew I had to do something. I asked her out and she wasn't ready yet. My heart shattered and I didn't use my phone for weeks. I was blaming myself and I didn't know what I did wrong. I thought our friendship was over because we didn't talk for weeks, but one day I saw a text from her. We started talking again and I felt happy again.

We got to know each other better and on July 6th, 2014 we officially started dating. I was the luckiest guy on earth. We went to Cici's to grab some macaroni and cheese pizza, to later realize it sucked, but we had a blast. She met my family and I met hers. And that day ended in a wonderful first kiss. I blushed like crazy and she made me so happy. It's been four years now and I look at her like it was the first time. She is such an astonishing human being who will forever be perfect. I couldn't have been luckier to have met the love of my life at the age of seventeen. I thank you for every second together and I hope to spend the rest of my life with you. You complete me and I complete you. Thank you so much for everything Kaylee Clever, I love you so much. Happy four-year anniversary sweetie.

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