To The Guy Best Friend Who Has Made Me A Better Person, Thank You

To The Guy Best Friend Who Has Made Me A Better Person, Thank You

It has been two years since I met you and I couldn't be more grateful for all that you have done for me.

Dear Best Friend,

So, you always talk about when I am going to write about you. Well, here it is!

I have known you since the end of high school. And it is hard to believe that we never met before then. Our paths were close to crossing at several points in our lives. But as my mother put, we just weren't ready for each other yet. I can't help but agree with her. It all started with a group project.

Ever since then, we have always found things to talk about.

We were prom dates for our senior prom and we had an awesome time. We danced the night away with other friends around us. We didn't have a care in the world. Just having fun and getting to know one another. We supported each other through our senior theater production and all the concerts we had to perform in, even when I had three concerts and you only had one.

You got me through my senior year statistics class while you sat easily on your A in AP Stats. We got to know each other so well, you knew me like the back of your hand.

The summer before college turned out to the best summer of my life.

You introduced me to YouTube gaming channels that are hilarious, spent several adventures out and around St. Louis, and great conversation. We had several adventures around the area before we both had to leave for our separate colleges.

The adjustment was hard. We both had our own cases of homesickness and feeling overwhelmed due to a heavy workload. On my second day of college, I called you up on FaceTime in tears. You comforted me and a few days later, you did the same thing.

But we got through it together.

Since becoming your best friend, you have taught me a lot. You taught me that life is too short to care about what other people think of you. It is my life and I should be proud of who I am. You also taught me a very important lesson: Honesty is the best policy.

I know I learned this the hard way and because of that, we have had some major fights, like best friends do. You taught me that even though the truth may be hard sometimes, you have to do it no matter what. If not, it will only make things worse.

I also learned a lot from you.

I learned to not be afraid of anything. I shouldn't be afraid to say anything or stand up for myself, even if it means upsetting someone. I also learned that I can put anything I set my mind to. This past semester was a mess. Even when people told me I couldn't do it, you told me I could. You told me that if anyone could do it, it would be me.

Lastly, I learned to work hard. It is because of you pushing me to do my best my freshman year of college that has set the bar for how hard I work now and throughout my college career.

It has been two years since I met you and I couldn't be more grateful for all that you have done for me.

We are constantly there for one another and I know I can always rely on you for someone to talk to. With everything we have been through and all the stuff we have to put up with (including me and all my BS), you still talk to me almost every day about my life at college and comfort me on my crappiest days.

I do some really annoying, crappy things and I wonder why you still continue to be friends with me. But I am lucky to have a great friend like you.


Your crazy, squirrely best friend

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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