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.

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.


Your recovering best friend
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This morning, I did the same thing I do every single morning when I wake up. Before my feet hit the floor, I say a prayer. I thank God for waking me up, blessing me with such a good life, and pray for any specific thing that is laying on my heart. Lately, I have been praying a lot for the same person many people in my community have been praying for- Matt McGregor. I have prayed for healing, comfort, strength, and many other things to happen in Matt's journey, but I also prayed that God's will be done in his life above all else. Little did I know yet that His will had been done.

I remember Matt from school. Every time I saw him, everyone around him was laughing. And I am not exaggerating. He was one of those special people who can literally make anyone and everyone laugh no matter the situation. He was one of those people that the world needs around to make life more bearable and just down right better.

Death sucks. Cancer sucks. Yes, I am glad that Matt is no longer suffering, but that does not really give me a sense of relief because I know his family and friends are suffering. I think about Matt's sisters, and cannot fathom the pain that they're feeling. I could not imagine life without my brothers, my kids not getting to grow up and hang out with their cool uncles, and telling on each other to our parents when we all come home for Christmas when we're 40. I think about his parents, who are having to do the hardest thing anyone could have to do, say goodbye to their son. I think about his friends, who's lives will never be the same every time they do something that reminds them that he's no longer here to share life with. He was too young, too full of life. The worst death are the ones that can't be explained, and this one of them.

That's the thing about life, you never know when it's going to end and that is what makes it so fragile. Someone you know passes away, and you suddenly start to contemplate whether you are living your life "good" enough. You wish you'd spent more time with the one who passed, hold on a little tighter to the ones who are still here, and make sure you remind them you love them. But to show someone you love them is much more powerful than telling them, and that is exactly how Matt lived his life. His life light was beaming all the time and he was constantly sharing that with everyone around him. That is part of why he was so special.

When someone dies, they leave their own legacy that is different from every single other person on the planet. Your legacy depends on the amount of light that you have shed on others. Looking through Facebook today, it is so obvious that his light touched so many people. Matt's death has reminded me of those that I have and will continue to lose throughout life... there is no better way to say it than death sucks. But even though death sucks, it reminds us to live our life to the fullest, and continue the legacy of those we've lost.

On a side note, I found it interesting that Matt was barefoot all the time, so I googled being barefoot in biblical times. Moses and Joshua was commanded to take off his shoes as he was standing on holy ground, and poor people did not have shoes so they went barefoot. But this is my favorite: priests in Israel went barefoot while ministering. They would take their shoes off before blessing their people. It is evident that Matt blessed so many people's lives in his short time on this Earth. Coincidence that he was known for always being barefoot? I think not.

Let your life light shine brightly like Matt's, and always live life to the fullest.

. . .

In loving memory of Matt McGregor Jr.

Then I heard a voice from heaven say, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them." Revelation 14:13

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To my best friend,

I feel so lucky to have you as my best friend. Being able to grow up with you all of these years have been the best times of my life. I met you in second grade and I'm glad I was able to experience so many things with you over the years. Even though we may argue and annoy each other from time to time, we always stay together and makeup with each other.

I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being with me all these years and helping me through crucial events in my life. All of the times we've eaten junk food and watched anime and movies together, I value those times so much. Being able to celebrate New Years together every year has been a type of holiday I look forward to a lot, so that I can spend it with you (and of course your family and our friends).

The sleepovers we've had over the years since our early elementary school days are what I like to look back on and have a laugh with you about. Even the newer tradition of us going to our first convention together and even our second were the most fun I've had in the long time and I can't wait to go to more together with you.

Even though I live farther away now for college and we don't get to talk to each other as much as we did when I was home, I want you to know that you will always be my unbiological sister and that I love you and your family so much. I cant wait to have so many more experiences with you when I'm home.

Love you Bestie!!

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