A Letter To My Best Friend As We Move Away From Each Other

A Letter To My Best Friend As We Move Away From Each Other

Love you, always.

For the last 12 years, I have been lucky enough to say that my best friend is also my neighbor. Some people dream of living so close to their best friend that they can walk to their house at any time and say "Let's go on an adventure", or "I have the most incredible story to tell you." For us, that was a reality.

We were lucky enough to work two jobs together, be involved in the same extracurriculars in high school, and even our colleges were only an hour and a half away from each other. During breaks from college, there was rarely a day that we didn't see each other, even if it were only for ten minutes.

Now that graduation is approaching, I want to tell you how immensely proud I am of you, and how much I am going to miss you. I am going to miss exploring new towns with you and our daily trips to Dunkin'. I'll miss taking hikes and watching "The Bachelor" together. Most importantly, I'll miss the happiness I feel with you, the laughter you give me, and the joy I feel when I consider how lucky I am to have you in my life.

For the first time in our friendship, we will have some distance between us. Although this makes me immensely sad, I can't wait to hear about all of the new experiences that you're having, and I'm so excited to tell you about mine. The fact that I won't see you every day this summer makes me sadder than I ever thought I could be, but I know that you're my forever friend and that approximately 1,725 miles won't change a thing between us.

I know that you're going to do amazing things, and although I can't physically be by your side, know that I am only a phone call away and that I love you. It's never a "goodbye," but always a "see you later".

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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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