An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

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.”

-Unknown

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 ying 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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To my beautiful best friend,

Warning: This letter is about to get extremely cheesy. I am talking four cheese lasagna cheesy. But no one deserves a love letter like this more than you do.

This Valentine’s Day, I want to express my love for you. On this wondrous occasion with which most people express their love to their significant other, I want to tell you, my best friend, how much I cherish our friendship.

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You are the ultimate love of my life. Boys have come and gone but you remain a constant; for that I am grateful. You have been there for me when my family could not be; for that I am grateful. You have been my backbone, my rock, and all those other clichés people use to describe the people they care about, and yet you have been so much more than that as well; for that I am grateful.

All my love this Valentine’s Day goes out to you, my friend, because you do not receive it enough. You have picked me up out of the dirt, brushed me off, and kissed my wounds more times than I can count, and I will never be able to thank you enough for that, but I am sure am going to try.

Thank you for the midnight cries. Thank you for the midnight laughs. Thank you for ordering way too much food with me and still just eating it all. Thank you for the advice, both solicited and unsolicited. Thank you for telling me what I need to hear, even when it isn’t what I want to hear. Thank you for the silly pictures. Thank you for the stupid inside jokes. Thank you for making bad decisions with me. Thank you for laughing with me and laughing at me. Thank you for the endless memories.

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More than anything, I want you to know that I love you. I love you. You are the family I get to choose, the one I go to when I have nowhere else to turn. You are the one I know I can always run to, whether we saw each other yesterday or haven’t seen each other in a year. You have played a part in molding who I am as a person, and I am so grateful for having such an amazing person affecting my life in such a positive way.

With all the love in my heart,

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Why running away, staying away and moving away won't solve your problems

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I was reading an article the other day and it was basically the author responding to some backlash she received from people telling her, if she had so many issues living where she is, why doesn't she just move.

To put it in context, she initially wrote about a lack of access to parental leave and child-care in her area. Her response, to the backlash, was that she's built a life where she is. She has a good job, a family, and a mortgage.

Her ultimate point was how come people think, that moving and starting over somewhere new could be so easy. But my takeaway was, how come people think that packing up and leaving is the answer to any problem.

It's Just Avoidance

Finding yourself in a situation that you can't make heads or tails out of, is normal. Not knowing what move is the right move, is normal. But thinking you can run off and it will be over and done with, is not. Whatever reason you think is good enough to call it quits and dip, is not. That's not triumph, it's avoidance, it's giving up and caving in. It might not feel like it, at least not at first.

Blinded by Novelty

When you've made the move and settled in. You start embracing you're new surroundings and meeting new people. It can truly feel like you're starting life over, starting anew. This can be an incredibly empowering feeling. You may be thinking that this time around, you're in control of your life and are confident with the path forward. Which may be true, but it's a reality that's short lived if you haven't come to terms with the troubles from your past.

Old Baggage Returns

Things could be going great in the beginning, but that'll probably only last in the short term. Because the past catches up to you eventually. The more you try to bypass or escape your issues, the harder and faster they come back to bite you in the ass.

The truth is no matter how hard you try, you can't outrun the past. Especially if you haven't taking the time to analyze the situation and pinpoint the problem. That's why you're running away. It's not the need to go find yourself or because you're current situation is so poor that you MUST get out. At least it's not likely to be. It's because you're facing a problem that you can't solve.

Danger and Opportunity

Oddly enough, that's the first step to solving it. There's a blessing in not knowing how to tackle a problem. The best way to go about it however is to be mindful of the situation. Which is not easy, by any stretch of the word. It means putting emotions aside and looking for logical solutions. Sometimes there is no logic in our mess, in our trouble, although there's always a solution. One that involves making a choice. Just focus on that, whether or not you know the right one.

Make the wrong one and you'll learn, but if it's right, you'll have peace. Either way you're moving forward. I believe Oprah said it best, "do the right thing, you'll know it's the right thing because in the end there'll be peace". Focus on finding peace where you are now. Then it will be easier to take that peace with you, wherever you go.

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