Dear Internet, Thank You For Giving Me My Best Friend

Dear Internet, Thank You For Giving Me My Best Friend

Thank you for giving me a best friend who I am and will be forever thankful for!

The Internet is so useful. I can look up videos of dogs, I can research for a paper I am more than likely going to procrastinate on, and I can online shop for stuff that I don't need. But to me, the Internet is so much more than that because it gave me my best friend.

When going through the college application process, I had my sights set on a small liberal arts school and I was determined to go there. I got into my dream college with a huge scholarship, so now I was extremely determined to be able to attend school there.

After touring the campus about eight times, I knew it was where I wanted to be. I toured the dorms and new I had to live on campus because the dorms were so nice and I could make new experiences with a roommate.

In October, the university released a page of all of the students staying on campus with their contact information. I stalked a ton of potential roomies and eventually messaged some of them. Then, came along Morgan.

I messaged Morgan at 11 PM, not expecting her to reply, but she did. We stayed up until 3 AM talking and the following days we never stopped. We talked about everything: dogs, boys, sports, our hometowns, families, friends, hopes and dreams, and everything in between. I knew I had to room with this girl.

About a month later, we both drove 50 miles to meet each other. We went shopping and went to get food and it felt like we'd known each other for 80 years. In the months coming, we sent each other packages, talked every second of the day, and made plans for our new home in the coming fall.

After months of consideration, I had decided not to go to my dream school anymore, because even after the scholarship I received, the cost was too great to attend. I was worried about telling Morgan that I couldn't attend anymore because I was scared of ruining our friendship, but in reality, we became closer.

So thank you Internet: thank you for giving me a best friend who will be in my life forever, someone who I can text whenever I'm stressed out about anything and I can get encouragement right away, thank you for the eight chins Snapchats, thank you for giving me someone who I don't have to see every day, but once we see each other it's like we've never been separated.

Thank you for giving me a best friend who is going to be a bridesmaid in my wedding, a best friend who I cannot wait to see all of the time over the summer, and a best friend who I am and will be forever thankful for!

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

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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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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.


Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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