To My Go-To Girl And Best Friend, Thank You For Everything

To My Go-To Girl And Best Friend, Thank You For Everything

Just in case you don't know how appreciative I am to have you in my life.

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This may seem a little strange, since this has been published for the world to see, but just think — this just emphasizes the love I have for you.

I'm writing this to thank you. To thank you for being there for me, always. To thank you for giving my life sunshine and happiness. To thank you for listening to me. To thank you for simply asking how I am.

For loving my selfies, my stories, and my rants. For giving wholehearted advice, anytime I need it. For knowing what will bring back my smile. And, most importantly, for forgiving me whenever I act less than the best version of myself.

Through the years, our friendship has proven itself unbreakable. I won't lie, going to school in a different state than you is hard. Really hard. Of course, we text every single day, without fail, and see each other every month, but I still miss you. I can't stop by your dorm or grab lunch with you whenever I want. It's weird not being able to walk to classes together like we used to. However, us being apart makes our time spent together now even more worthwhile.

I am forever grateful that we have the strength to build each other up as we move into new parts of our lives, and that we support one another every step of the way. Whenever one of us accomplishes something, big or small, we're always each other's biggest fans. I am beyond proud of you for everything that you've worked towards and every goal you have reached during your college experience so far. I know the future holds amazing things for you, and I cannot wait to be with you through these new and exciting experiences.

Our friendship has matured with us. While we used to be the insecure, brace-faced, One Direction-obsessed middle schoolers, we have together grown into the beautiful, strong, independent, Harry Styles/Niall Horan loving adults that we are today…and I love that for us.

Without you, I wouldn't be the same person I am today. Without you, I wouldn't know my strengths, and I definitely wouldn't know how to find the courage to improve my weaknesses. You make me strive to be the best person I can possibly be, and make me proud of who I am.

I almost definitely do not tell you enough how much you truly mean to me, so now after reading this, I hope you know how much of my heart you hold.

To my best friend, my sister, and my go-to girl, thank you for being you… thank you for everything.

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.
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“It's so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it, but suddenly, there right in front of you is everything you ever need."

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Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You've taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and, more importantly, adventurous.

You don't realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn't see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can't see my life without you in it. It's funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn't know existed.

I don't even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn't have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the yin to my yang, and I don't care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I've learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It's as if I wished up a best friend, and poof — you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn't trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Medders

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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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