To The Friends Who've Always Been There

To The Friends Who've Always Been There

We weren't kidding when we said "best friends forever."
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I am so lucky for so many reasons, but a few of the things I feel truly blessed for are my best friends who I have been lucky to know since I was a child.

I met my two best friends when I was 3 years old in preschool, and we have been a part of each other's lives ever since. We went to school together all the way until graduation, and we remain in touch while living hundreds of miles away from each other at college. We have a group chat we talk in daily, and we make a huge effort to see each other every break we're home.

Having a friend (let alone multiple friends) who have known me since I was barely a sentient human being is something I thank God for every day. Our memories go all the way back. I remember walking around for Halloween together almost every single year. I remember bike riding around town and getting Slurpee's at the 7-11 every day in the summertime. I remember watching the Fourth of July fireworks with them every year. From them coming with me the day I got my braces off, to attempting to bury a time capsule when were 14 (and have yet to ever finding it again), to helping each other pick our prom dresses (and prom dates), to texting each other at 2 a.m. from our college dorms asking for advice because there are some things only the people who have known you since "forever" can understand, I've been so unbelievably lucky to have them.

We've obviously had our fair share of issues. We've fought over elementary school talent shows, stolen Webkinz accounts, boyfriend drama and so on. We've gone months without talking, and we were not always on the same page with what we wanted. But we always find our way back to each other, because that's what you do when you really love each other.

Old friends understand you on a level other people can't. They've seen you through every stage of your life. We've seen each other's painful, awkward stages. We've experienced each other's mistakes and failures. We've seen each other fall in love and have our hearts broken for the first time and every time after that. Not only do we know each other's histories, we've lived through them together. We are connected in a way that really can't be replicated or replaced.

There is a level of comfort and security together. I went six months without seeing one of my best friends, and when we finally got together, it was like no time had passed at all. We still laugh as hard together as we did when we would see each other every day in math class. I know we will live separate lives, but I also know we will make time to see each other and it will still feel the same. Our friendship doesn't have boundaries on time or distance. They are some of my best confidants. They support me even when I'm making a mistake, they offer me the best advice and they give me reassurance all around.

It's rare to find friends who you can trust, laugh with and feel 100% comfortable to be yourself with, and I'm so lucky to have had them my entire life. Life is full of unexpected and unknown things, but I'm so glad I know I'll always have my oldest and best friends in my life to help me out (and make me laugh until I cry) along the way.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.

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From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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