To My Best Friend Who's Helped Me With My Mental Health Problems

To My Best Friend Who's Helped Me With My Mental Health Problems

Thank you for being my sunshine.
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I personally believe that everyone deserves a best friend; someone that will stick up for them when they’re being picked on, that will support them when they’re thriving, and that will hold them up as they’re trying their hardest not to drown. This is made ten times harder when you’re dealing with mental health issues and you need a friend that can handle the toll that it takes. Luckily, I’ve been blessed with one of the best friends that there is who has handled everything I have thrown at them. This one’s for you.

Dear Best Friend,

We haven’t really been friends for that long and yet I’ve told you my deepest, darkest secrets. You’ve been reliable and trustworthy through every situation that I’ve gone through. You’ve stood by me through my darkest days. You’ve provided happiness through the anger and defeat I’ve experienced. You’ve been my sunshine through my darkness. I will never truly be able to thank you enough for the entirety of what you’ve done for me; there aren’t enough words in the English language for that. However, I promise that I’ll try my best until there’s nothing left in me. I promise to be there for you always, as you’ve been there for me.

I know that dealing with a suffering friend can take a heavy toll on people and while you’ve accepted my apologies a million times, I’ll forever be sorry for putting you through that. I’m also sorry for the destruction that I’ve caused, not only in this friendship but in your life in general. I’ve taken up so much of your time with sadness and I cannot apologize enough for that but I will try with everything in my power to earn your forgiveness. I’ll do whatever it takes.

While I know that I haven’t always been the best friend in the world, I also know that I can thank you for a lot of the blessings that have been thrown at me recently. From this day forward, I promise to be not only your struggling friend, but to be your struggling friend who is working endlessly towards recovery in order to strengthen our friendship.

Again, thank you for being such an amazing person and an even more amazing friend. I don’t know where I would possibly be without you. I love you with my whole heart. Thank you for being my sunshine.

Love,

Your recovering best friend
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She's also my best friend.
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My mom is pretty darn special. And I'd be kidding myself to say that I tell her enough how much I appreciate her. There aren't enough breaths in the day to thank her for all that she has done for me, and all that she will do for me. So this is for my momma, these are just a few of the reasons why I think she's pretty great.

1. I can talk to her about anything.

I know for a fact that no matter the issue and no matter the story, my mom will listen to the entire thing with nothing but compassion in her heart. I don't ever need to wonder if she will judge me because I know for a fact that she never will.

2. She gives the best hugs.

I don't care if I saw her yesterday or if I've been away for three months; my mom will always hug me like she hasn't seen me in years, and there isn't a better feeling in the world.

3. I have never met a more selfless person.

She has such a heart for others and I am constantly blown away by her devotion and passion for serving those around her. If I (or anyone else) needs anything, my mom is the first one to jump up, drop everything, and run to help. If I have half as much generosity as my mom someday, I know that I would be making a huge difference.

4. I am inspired by her.

Always.

5. She cares so much for me.

I know that no matter how old I grow to be, and how mature I may become, my mom will always be there for me. She will always be waiting with open arms to either congratulate me or console me. I have never felt more loved by any other human than I do by my mom.

6. She loves me unconditionally.

I will never ever need to worry that she will stop loving me. No matter the circumstances, no matter the phase of life that I'm in, my mom will always be there for me, loving me every step of the way.

7. She is my number one cheerleader.

I don't think I will every meet another person more dedicated to my success and ready to celebrate my accomplishments than my mom. She is hands-down my biggest supporter and will always be standing at the finish line of whatever race I may be running. I could be crawling across that finish line and she'd still be cheering for me the whole way.

8. I can always count on her to point me in the right direction.

My mom will pray for me. She'll encourage me. She will lead by example and through the counseling that she is always ready to provide. I know that I can always count on her to push me in the direction of my dreams.

9. She has the best laugh.

I could pick my mom's laugh out of a crowd of hundreds. Her ability to laugh at herself (and at her own cheesy jokes) are part of what makes her so amazing. But the sound of my mom's laugh has the capability to make anyone's day, including mine.

10. I never stop learning from her.

See points 1-9.


Mom, you are such an amazing woman, and there is simply no way that I could put it into words. So I'll simply say thank you. Thank you for all that you do for me, day-in and day out. Thank you for loving me, and showing me what it means to live like Jesus and everything else that you do. I hope that one day my daughter might love me as much as I love you.

Love,

Me

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Freshman year. So much excitement. So many expectations. Such a sense of entitlement. It's a wonderful time.

Freshman year is a season that will never come again and this is a year you will most likely always remember. Maybe not for the reasons you expected, but you'll never forget it, whether good or bad. You entered college thinking you knew exactly who you were as an individual, and you had a perfectly laid out plan in your mind.

You thought you would study for a specific degree, only to change it multiple times. You thought you were firm in your beliefs, only to challenge and question everything you were taught your entire life. You thought you could balance work, life, and school miraculously without getting burned out. And the biggie: You thought you and your new roommates would instantly be friends for life and always agree on everything and your room would be oh so Pinterest perfect.

Let's all laugh now, shall we?

Some of you may have lucked out in the roommate/friend department. I personally still think I got pretty lucky freshman year and got to do life with some amazing girls that I am still friends with today. But I still wouldn't say the group I hung out with freshman year are still my besties to this day.

I didn't meet my best friend soulmates until almost junior and now senior year of college.

Which is 100% okay, so don't stress if you haven't met your besties just yet.

You might not even meet them until after college, which is also 100% okay. You have so much growth to do, both on your own and with your friends. You'll see who sticks it out with you for the long haul, and the ones who fade away. I've seen both sides, with some amazing friends who have helped me through my darkest moments, and those who disappear or never make it past small talk conversations. I've also been that friend who sticks around and the friend who fades out. Whoops. So don't be too hard on yourself, or your friends either. We all change and become different people who may not mesh anymore, and that's okay.

You never stop growing in your identity, in your beliefs, in your priorities. So don't be afraid to stick close to those friends who always have your back no matter what. But also don't be afraid to let go of certain friendships that aren't helping you grow into the person you were meant to be.

Some friends are placed in our lives to help us through a certain season, and after that, it's time to move on. Now is the time to be picky about who you spend all your time with. When else are you going to spend 4 years living on a campus with thousands of people your age? So love people fiercely, but know that at the right time you're going to find your lifelong buddies. Because when you know, you just know.

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