An Open Letter To My Best Friend Of Almost 16 Years, Thank You For Everything

An Open Letter To My Best Friend Of Almost 16 Years, Thank You For Everything

We have been through it all and I wouldn't change a thing

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KJ,

My how the years have flown. We were just small little itty bitty when we first met. I met you in kindergarten, and though I can't remember the day or the circumstances, I remember you always being a part of my life. Some of my earliest memories include you, me and all our elementary school friends playing on the playground. It's hard to think we went from those little kindergartners, who would run and scream and play, to fully functioning (well almost, if our bodies would cooperate sometimes lol) adults. I have been through most of life's biggest milestones with you by my side as my best friend.

It's hard to think that we spent almost every single day through elementary and middle school together. You were just always there and I definitely took that for granted. When we got to high school, for the first time since we met, we were going to completely different schools and I didn't get to see you every day. It didn't ruin our friendship, it just changed it. If anything, that distance made our friendship stronger and was only preparing us for the inevitable. We learned to make the most of the time when we could hang out, and if that meant I only got to see you by coming to a football game to watch you play, then so be it.

I feel so privileged to be able to have watched you grow into the man you are today. From where you once were to who you are now, you have changed so much. I am beyond ecstatic that you have found Christina and are in the relationship that has made you so happy but has also changed you for the better. I am so happy to see you achieve so much in your dream career. Law enforcement isn't for just anybody, and I know you are going to be amazing at it.

It's still so hard to believe to me that in a few short years both of us will have graduated and in our careers, living our lives and being full-blown adults. Sometimes I wish we could go back to the simpler days when we didn't have the weight of the world on our shoulders. When you lived down the street from me, and not in a completely different state. When we didn't have to worry about things like paying bills and our bodies functioning properly (you more so than me for the first time in our lives lol). But I am so thankful for the years and the memories we have had together. It seems hard to believe it's been almost 16 years, but it's 16 years I will never want to take back, and a friendship to last a lifetime. You are more than my best friend, you are my brother and I am so lucky to have you.

Love,

Thor

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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Shoutout To My Parents For Giving Me My Best Friend In The Form Of A Younger Brother

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This is a story about my best friend.

I was lucky enough to have a built-in bestie from the day he came home with my parents and I immediately questioned who they stole the "creature" from.

My brother's name is Andrew and he and I have always had a catty but close relationship, which has developed into something I wouldn't trade for the world.

When we were younger we were the most jocular kids you could find and spent our days running around with our school friends shooting each other with nerf guns, hiding in every corner to leap out and give the other a heart attack.

We would hang out for hours until someone antagonized the other (Andrew was always the trouble maker) and yelled for our mom to intervene, or took out our ager by practicing our yellow belt karate skills on each other until our fake punches got to be too much and we would die laughing.

I never realized how special my relationship with my brother was until I heard how my friends talked out their siblings. My friends would endlessly complain about how much they hated their brother or sister and wished they were never born; and me, being who I am, would be shocked that they used the h-word, and tell them that they must still love them which they would relentlessly deny.

Seeing these failing relationships taught me to cherish what my brother and I have, and that is honestly the most important responsibility, and gift, I could've ever been given.

Looking back, the best childhood memories I have include him, and I wouldn't have it any other way. From founding the science club (his closet that we would do experiments in, and give our friends golf balls with their name on it as a key), to sledding down a three-foot hill in our neighbor's backyard for hours, to surfing and boogie boarding until we turned to prunes, to the endless games of HORSE we played (I don't understand how I'm still terrible at basketball), he's been with me.

Since then, our relationship has blossomed into much more than snow wrestling and movie binging; now as an adult, coming home from college is the most stress relieving and exciting time, because I know I get to hang out with my brother and talk about the most obscure things until he makes me get out of his room (because teenage angst, you know!!).

Thankfully, the required familial love has turned into a never-ending love for my best friend and little brother, and I can't wait to keep growing up side by side and to see what the world has in store for us.


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