Dear Ema...

Dear Ema...

A letter to my best friend, who is getting ready to finish high school.


Dear Ema,

Time has flown by, hasn't it? At the beginning of this year, I remember you talking so much about how you thought your senior year was going to be horrible, and how much you couldn't wait to graduate, because all of your closest friends were older than you and had already graduated. I bet you look back and feel like you said all those things yesterday. I hope you've taken the time to realize where you are now.

You're a little less than two months away from graduating, and going to college almost three hours away from everything you've ever known. Sounds scary, doesn't it? I know that as much as you say that you're excited, and eager to see what college is about, that deep down you are nervous too, and scared to fail. Four years is what you have to build the way to a successful future. Do you think you can do it? I know you can.

I hope that with graduating quickly approaching, you have started to realize things. I hope that you have no regrets when you think of how you spent your four years of high school. I hope you put your best foot forward when proceeding after graduation. I hope that you have set a good example for all the underclassman that have looked up to you all throughout this year. Most importantly, I hope you know that you are not alone in this new journey. You are going to have days when you feel like you don't know which way to turn next. You're going to have days where you question everything you've been doing. You're going to have days when you think that settling for a 9-5 job sounds like a better option than finishing school. You're going to have so many different challenges against you, and there will be plenty of days that you think about quitting. When you think about quitting, I want you to stop and remember that for one, we have all been in your shoes. For two, I want you to remember who you're doing this for. Which is you.

Everything you do past the point of graduation is for you. There's no more joining the basketball team because your mom wants to be front row of the bleachers in her red, white, and blue hoodie with your last name on the back. There's no more becoming apart of the yearbook club because the president of the club begged you to join. There's no more sitting in history class, and learning about the Civil War for the twentieth time. Every choice you make beyond graduation is for you and only you. You get to decide how you want to make your college experience. You get to decide if you want to get up and go to that 8 a.m. class on Monday mornings. You get to decide what you do in your free time, who you hang out with, what you have for dinner, how you make your schedule. It sounds like a lot to manage, and I'm not going to lie to you. It is. But there is no one else more capable of doing this than you, and I am confident in that.

So between now and the time you graduate, think of all the things you want to do in life, and remember that there is nothing that can stop you. Remember that I love you with all my heart and that on your worst days, I will have your back. I am so excited to see where you go. You're going to be so successful one day, Ema.

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To My Best Friend Who Taught Me What True Friendship Is, I Can't Thank You Enough

"To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding."

Dear Best Friend,

You have been a part of my life for quite some time now. You have seen my good, bad, and ugly sides and have stuck by my side through it all. I don't know if I could ever find the words to truly thank you for everything your friendship has given me, but I am definitely going to try.

Our lives have taken some twist and turn these past few years, but we have stayed strong through it all.

Thank you for judging me just the right amount.

Throughout our friendship, I have made some very questionable decisions. A lot of people would say "thanks for never judging me," but I feel like everyone needs a best friend who's going to tell them how it is, to tell them when they are about to make a bad decision or how to avoid something worse from happening. You have always told me how it is (even when I don't always want to hear it), but I know that I can come to you whenever I need someone to set me straight.

You're always down to do nothing with me.

I think that you are the one person that I can call up to hang out and do absolutely nothing with and have a good time. From the nights sitting in and playing card games to ordering Chinese food and watching an entire Netflix series while I dance around with the cat: I know that we could do anything, and nothing together and it would be fun.

But also, you're always down to get lit with me.

I swear one day we will be two old moms at a bar drinking vodka crans and laughing about the stupid shit our husbands and children do. You're always down to go out and have a good time. Even if everyone else we're with is miserable, we find a way to laugh at ourselves.

You are one of the few constant things in my life.

I've lost a lot of friends in my life, but you have stayed by my side through everything. I can't remember the last time we actually fought about anything, but even when we do we can't stay mad at each other for more than a day. I know we will be in each other's lives until we literally keel over.

I want you yo know that you're the strongest person I know.

You've dealt with things that not many people go through ever in their life. You have always been so mature, and you handle everything with grace. You inspire me every day with your goals and successes and I am so proud of you and all of your accomplishments.

Above all else, you deserve the world.

It's so easy to get caught up in your own mind and think that you deserve the things that happen to you, but please know that the only thing you deserve is happiness. Please settle for nothing short of that. It may take a bit to find your happiness, but I will be there every step of the way. You're a remarkable human being, and I want nothing but the best for you.

To the person who will hold your heart someday, please do not break it. To the person who may wrong you, you will regret it forever. To the person who will love you endlessly, love her with kindness and understanding.

You, my best friend, future bridesmaid, godmother of my children, the person to bail me out of jail, the one who lets me cry on their couch for twelve hours,

I love you.

I will cherish our friendship forever. Thank you for being you.

Love always,

Your best friend.

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Being The Last Friend To Turn 21 Isn't ALL Bad

All your friends have turned 21, but that is okay


You may think being the last one out of your friend group to turn twenty-one is the worst thing in the world, but in all honesty, it doesn't have to be. One of the biggest perks is that everyone of your friends can go out to the bars with you on your birthday. All the people who turn twenty-one first have to wait for people to be able to go out with them, but you get to celebrate your birthday with all of your friends.

Another huge reason you should feel okay with being last to turn twenty-one is thinking about all the money you are saving. The bars are expensive. When you don't go to the bars you are saving so much money because an average bar drink is about seven dollars. This being said seven dollars multiple times a night, multiple nights a week really adds up, so you are going to have to budget your money better.

You don't have to be the one to buy alcohol for everyone else. Having a ton of people ask you to buy them alcohol must get annoying at a point, and if you're the youngest out of your friends, no one will be asking you to do liquor store runs for them because they can all go already for themselves.

The biggest reason is that you can enjoy being young. You should still continue to enjoy going to house parties and just being able to hang out with friends without having to go to the bars. Spend these months before you turn twenty-one just being able to enjoy life without feeling obligated to go out to the bars all the time. You have a great excuse when you don't want to drink on a weekday to just stay in. This being said it will be your turn to turn twenty-one soon.


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