An Open Letter To Some Ex-Best Friends

An Open Letter To Some Ex-Best Friends

You might be able to relate or you might not, but here is an open letter to some of my ex-best friends.

Whether it was middle school, high school, college or beyond, we've all had a best friend who no longer is our best friend. Relationships can end in a million different ways and I've seen a good chunk of those options first hand. You might be able to relate or you might not, but here is an open letter to some of my ex-best friends.

1. My high school best friend

I'm sorry we lost touch. College sucks. Freshman year we kept our promises. We talked on a regular basis and saw each other on almost every break. I knew about the boys in your life and I kept you up to date on my relationship as well. I knew you hated the major you chose and you were the only one I told when I failed chemistry. I thought the summer after freshman year would be just like high school..but it wasn't. You had an internship and I had a job.

You had new friends and so did I. And I'm not really sure how it happened but we stopped talking. Now I don't know what your major is or if you're talking to anyone. You don't know that I'm planning on going to grad school or that I've fallen in love. But I'm thankful for the things you taught me and for the memories we shared. You saved me more times than I can remember and I'm forever grateful for that. Even if we're not close anymore, I'll always love you and if you need me, I'm here.

2. My college best friend

I'm sorry we were immature. We grew so close so fast and we didn't really get to know each other. We didn't even know each other for a year before we decided to be roommates. I didn't know your quirks and you didn't know mine. We thought living together would be fun and although it was a first, we got tired of each other really fast.

We didn't communicate and that was partly my fault. I'm sorry I hated your boyfriend. I'm sorry I shut you out. If I could start over I would. But now its too late and we don't talk anymore. You have new friends and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't jealous. You were the first person I ever went to a college party with but now I avoid seeing you when I go out. Its funny how things can change so fast. I miss you and I hope you're doing well.

Growing up is weird. You never really know who is temporary and who isn't. And it's hard knowing who will be worth the fight and who wont. If either of those friends read this, I hope you agree that we changed each other's lives for the better!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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18 Things You Know To Be True If You Are A Dancer



It's the night before my first dance competition of the season, so of course I'm going to write about dance. Without further ado here are 26 of the most common things you know if like me, you are a dancer.

1. You are constantly choreographing dances in your head.

It doesn't matter what song you are jamming out to, without fail, you find yourself choreographing dances, even at 2:00 AM.

2. You always find a way to practice your solos or dances for competition.

Even if you have a small space to work with, NOTHING, and I mean absolutely nothing will stop you from practicing.

3. You are constantly trying to better your technique.

All day, every day, it doesn't matter if you're working on turn combinations or bettering your tap technique, not a day goes by that you don't work on it.

4. You have a "dance drawer" in your dresser.

Leotards, tights, and booty shorts, oh my!

5. The studio is like your second home and your team is like your second family.

There's really no explanation needed.

6. You feel like you never get enough time in the studio.

Because there's no such thing as "too much dance"

7. Your weekends always consist of a dance private

Literally almost every weekend

8. You're not embarrassed about going out in public while wearing dance clothes.

And you don't care if people look at you funny for wearing your leotard and company jacket to a restaurant.

9. Your company jacket is your jacket of choice.

You've gotta represent your studio, plus it's sooo comfortable.

10. Forget the holidays, competition season is the most wonderful time of the year.

I love competition season so much!

11. You're always losing bobby pins.

Gotta love those sock buns that take you literally 15 minutes to do, and the ridiculous amount of bobby pins that you use just so your bun can stay in tact.

12. You have regular earrings and then you have dance competition earrings.

Those big sparkly earrings are always fun to wear.

13. Your Instagram explore page is full of videos of other dancers.

What can I say, I just love dance.

14. The phrase "I can't, I have dance" is one you say all the time

I apologize to all of my friends and family who I try to make plans with but can't follow through because of dance privates.

15. The same goes for "5, 6, 7, 8"

I am so guilty of this one.

16. People ask you if what you do is like what they watch on "Dance Moms"

And you reply with "Sort of, but not exactly"

17. Sometimes you just randomly strike a dance pose.

For me, it has always been , and always will be an arabesque.

18. Your mom is the best dance mom ever, and you dad is the best dance dad ever.

They honestly are, I couldn't do any of this without my wonderful parents and am so thankful that they continue to support me in doing something that I absolutely love.

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