To My High School Friends Who Will Always Hold A Special Place In My Heart

To My High School Friends Who Will Always Hold A Special Place In My Heart

The best thing I got out of high school was lifelong friends.

Without you I am honestly not sure how I would have survived the hell that high school can be. So first of all, thank you for everything you have done for me. From buying me chocolate milk when I was having an awful day to helping me pick out the perfect senior prom dress, we have been through everything together. You have stuck with me through thick and thin and cannot express how appreciative I am. You saw me at my most awkward and embarrassing moments, but you were also there and supported me during my best moments. While we may have gotten into some stupid fights back then, we would always resolve the problem no matter what.

I am also so happy that I had the privilege of growing up with you. It is so crazy to look back and see where we started and to look at all the accomplishments we have achieved since then. Because of you, when I think back to high school I think of all of the wonderful memories we made together. I am so grateful that I had you as my go-to during hard times to cheer me up.

But most of all, I am lucky enough to know about all of your embarrassing crushes from over the years and still tease you about them! I also know about all of your awkward high school stories that you wish could be buried forever. Unfortunately, you also know all of mine too and never forget to bring them up. We have so many inside jokes with each other sometimes we can't even remember how they started.

When we were freshmen we thought picking classes was the biggest decision of our lives. We had to make sure we were in the same study hall and had the same lunch hour of course! When it came to our junior and senior year, we started to realized we had bigger decisions to make. It was difficult knowing we would soon leave each other to go off to college, but I knew we could withstand the distance. I am so thankful for your texts and FaceTimes. I love when you call just to check up on me or to catch me up on your life, you have no idea!

Even though we have been graduated for three years now, I am so lucky to still have you as my friends. While I have made new friends at college, you will always hold the most special place in my heart. No one else knows me or understand stands me as well as you do. I cannot thank you enough for being the best friend I could ever ask for. No matter how long we will go without seeing each other, how busy we get, or how far we may travel apart, I always know I will have you by my side. Thank you for everything you have done for me and I love you so much!

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.

Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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How To Cope With A Best Friend Breakup

Breaking up with a boyfriend is one thing, but breaking up with your best friend is a whole new level of heartbreak.


We all know breakups can be tough, but when that breakup happens to be between you and your best friend, things reach a new level of heartbreak. I met my best friend junior year of high school after our Spanish teacher randomly assigned us to be partners; we struggled so much in that class but in the end, we truly became inseparable. When senior year rolled around we were still close as ever; people would often joke that we were sisters because we looked and acted so much alike. We would go on little dates together, go to parties together, and were always the first person we called when something "major happened."

When my best friend's boyfriend of four years cheated on her while we were spring breaking in Europe, it became my duty to make her feel better; I would randomly drop off flowers and little notes to her house, spend countless hours just listening to her cry and vent, and even stopped talking to people associated with her boyfriend so as to show my "support." All of these things were no big deal to me considering I loved this girl like a sister; whatever she needed I was there to give that to her.

Things soon took a sharp turn when we entered not only the same college but the same sorority. While I was struggling with the social aspect of FSU, my best friend soon found new best friends. When I started having major issues with my boyfriend, I would automatically text/call my best friend as she did with me, but instead of support, I got the sense that she was passive and uninterested. Our little dates and goofy inside jokes disappeared and reappeared between her and her new friends, and my comfortableness around her soon turned into insecurity.

Coming to terms with the fact that the girl I knew everything about is now basically a stranger was a hard one to overcome; I didn't want to accept the fact that my best friend decided it was time to find new ones. It's heartbreaking knowing that the special things you shared with a person are now being shared with others, and it's hard to accept the fact that you aren't wanted or needed by the one person you thought would be by your side forever.

Since school has ended I think I have accepted the fact that we're no longer what we used to be. Of course, it still stings when I see social media posts with her new, college friends, but I just have to remind myself that this is part of life and I just have to move on. I will forever cherish the memories I made with her, but it's time to acknowledge that they were made with someone in my past, not with someone in my present.

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