Fool Me Once

Fool Me Once, Shame On You; Fool Me Twice, Shame On The Both Of Us

No matter how many times you do it, you are still to blame.

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This is getting old. Just when I thought things would get better, the tables turned at the last minute.

It's in your blood that you have the obligation to insult and drop people. You claim it's because it's who you are. Every action is blamed on your brain, but you actually don't blame yourself. It's humorous to watch you not figure it out.

For some reason, people see through your transparent personality. People love you. People want to hang out with you. People want to be your friend. I was one of those people because I actually thought you were funny.

After a year of constant stress just from you, I am hanging on a thin thread. I don't know if I'm coming or going with you. I don't know whether I will make it out alive if I continue to live my life beneath you.

Because you are NOT above me, nor will you ever be.

I gave you a million and one chances to be better; we even had a full-on conversation about it. You said what you said, and I gave you my word that I wouldn't stop being your friend. You did admit that you were sassy and uptight, and I agreed with you.

I'm surprised you didn't talk trash or punch me in the face.

Yet, you still did. You continued your ways of intimidation, bullying, and harassment. You continued to be mean. You continued to brainwash others into thinking it was everyone else's fault and not yours. You continued to be a bitch.

I knew that last year would be the last year I would hang out with you. I had a vision that you would neglect me because of your circumstances and your plans.

After every complaint and insult, it hurts even worse, but I'm also used to it. I'm used to the stress and the frustration. Every letdown gets funnier and funnier because each excuse gets more poor.

It's okay if you don't want to be my friend. Honestly, I'll live. I know you found a new clique and you'll replace me with them. I'm used to getting replaced anyway.

You fooled me once. Oops, shame on you because you screwed up. I let it go. Fool me twice, shame on the both of us. No matter how many times you screw me over, you are still to blame, and I blame myself for believing you.

Fool me 100 times, and you're gone.

What a shame, but I expected this all along. We are two completely different people, and I am simply tired of being made fun of for being me. I will not continue this unless you want to. Even then, I will still keep my distance.

I hope this haunts you sooner rather than later. You will realize eventually that you lost someone good.

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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."
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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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What It's Actually Like Moving States

How a central Iowa born and raised native ended up in Southern Missouri.

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Not a lot of people think moving states is a hard thing to do. If it's two hours away or, like me, seven hours away from your hometown, a move is a move and it can affect people in different ways.

Personally, my family was separated for a year, my mom and I still living in our hometown so I could finish high school, and my dad in Missouri working at his new job.

Then, in June my mom and I made the move so our family could be together once again. For us, we still had our home in Iowa, so my parents and I lived in an apartment until we could sell our home in Iowa and find what we wanted in Missouri.

The hardest things to get used too is the lifestyle of people in southern Missouri. People are a lot different down here than they were in Iowa. It was a big deal for us to move down here and adapt to a different lifestyle.

Something minor that was very hard to get used to was the usage of pop and soda. Most people don't even know what a "pop," is. In Iowa, a Pepsi or Coke is known as pop but down here it is called a soda.

That is just one example that was super hard to get used to. Something that is a little more of a big deal is the size of the city. In Iowa, I could get a coffee in about a five-minute drive. In Missouri, it takes a good fifteen minutes to drive there and who knows what the line will be like at the coffee shop. Those are minor things that my family struggled with adapting to.

Easily, the hardest thing was leaving friends and family. I came to Branson in the middle summer. This limited my job opportunities to none and made making new friends next to impossible.

This made my summer really hard and honestly boring. I knew this was best for my family, but I missed my friends and I wanted to be back in Iowa where all my friends were and my job used to be.

There were also a lot of perks from moving away from Iowa. First off, I completely went off the grid of my town and wanted to start completely new. I made new social media accounts and got a new phone number.

This made the transition easy because I was able to be who I wanted to be and keep in touch with the people I wanted to keep in touch with. This is something that a lot of people thought was pointless, but was such an important step for a fresh start.

Coming to Missouri, I know that sky is the limit and I have so many more opportunities of what I want to do. Overall, I would suggest moving states and starting knew. It feels good to finally be in a place that makes you truly happy as well as your family. Iowa is a fun place to visit sometimes and I'll always miss the sunsets but Missouri is my new home.

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