An Open Letter to my Roommate

An Open Letter to my Roommate

Inspired by.....my roommate
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Dearest meatball,

Not quite sure where to begin, but since this article was inspired by you here it is. If there's one thing you learn from living with someone for almost 2 years it is that there are no boundaries, especially for us. The amount of stories, laughs, cries, and all the weird and hilarious in-betweens we've had probably will never grace the Internet in order to save our dignity. But, there is no one else that would be able to tolerate me the way you do. Thank you for not hating me even after I threw up in your bed freshman year. Thank you for dealing with my panic attacks. Thank you for dealing with me sobbing over boys that never deserved my time in the first place. Thank you for protecting me from malicious people. Thank you for giving me those much-needed reality checks when my anxiety gets the best of me. Thank you for knowing me better than I know myself and being able to make sure I don't lose myself when I'm at my lowest.

You started as a random face with an annoying Connecticut accent at Orientation before freshman year. Then you become my floormate and practically a 3rd roommate from sleeping on my dirty Merton Hall floor all those nights full of facemasks and gossip. And almost instantly you became a best friend who has gone to hell and back with me. I'm grateful for all the experiences we've had together...even when you asked me to "throw hands." We have seen each other at our worst, but have stuck with each other to witness our best moments. You became a sister this summer who I couldn't go a day without talking to so I could rant or just because we needed to say hi because we were too used to seeing each every single day. Now you're like a life partner who I can never escape because we have too much dirt on each other that could ruin one another's life.

There is definitely no one else I'd rather share a room with regardless of your 500 alarms going off in the morning, your tornado of clothes left on the floor after you don't wake up for those 500 alarms and have to rush to class, or your crazy loud laugh that scares me ****less at 2 am when you see a funny gif on Twitter. Although you may lack common sense from time to time, you have the biggest heart and are the most thoughtful person I know. You see the good in everyone, even when I can't.

I'm sure our neighbors want to get us kicked out of the building from all the screaming, laughing, crying, and other obnoxious random crap we do from the odd hours of the night through the morning, but hey they're just gonna have to deal with it. Thank you for making me fat from always encouraging Chinese food and late night jersey fries from JPs but always balancing it with gym sessions during the day.

Thank you for chasing me down Park Avenue when I can't walk straight and making sure that all of Bridgeport knows that my name is "Erin Helen Sweeney get back here right now." There's too many memories and moments to reminisce on so I'll just leave it at thank you for being you and for putting up with my psychotic self for this long because I wouldn't want anyone else to. Love you always Erkle, we're stuck with each other now.

xoxo,

Erwin

Cover Image Credit: @erinsweeneyh

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Dear Mom, I Hope You Know

I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.
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Dear Mom,

I hope you know that I appreciate you.

You are the hardest working woman I know, continuously putting your family before yourself. Thank you for doing all of the tedious jobs that no one wants to do like keeping the house in order, cooking the food, and doing the laundry. Thank you for constantly putting up with my siblings and I. Thank you for always supporting us in our interests and hobbies. Thank you for investing in our daily lives and listening to our minor problems. Thank you for always loving us unconditionally.

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I hope you know I'm sorry.

I know I can be a big pain in the butt sometimes, and for that I'm sorry. I'm sorry for yelling at you, arguing with you, not listening to you, and making dumb decisions at times, but thank you for loving me anyways. Thank you for helping me stand back up, teaching me right from wrong, and pushing me to be the very best version of me.

I hope you know your love inspires me.

You live your life with a love that is contagious. Whether its nurturing love, tough love, friendly love, or romantic love, you have it all and you show it daily. The love you and Dad share is something I hope to find one day and the love you have for your family is evident in the way you constantly put us first.

I hope you know that you are my biggest role model and hero.

Ever since I was a little girl, you have been the person I have looked to in my life. You are strong, independent, confident, loving, supportive, and nurturing-- everything I strive to be as a woman and as a future mother. You give the best advice, even when I don't always take it. Though, I should know better by now because mothers always know best. Without you in my life, I honestly don't know where I'd be.

I hope you know that you are my best friend.

Not only are you my biggest cheerleader supporting me in everything I do, you are the person I talk to about everything, whether it's good or bad. I'm honestly so thankful for the relationship we share because I've had countless screwups and you literally give the best advice. Seriously, thank you for being the person I can count on at all times, at any time of the day or even night to just talk with. I mean we really do have some of the best conversations, best laughs, best cries (when needed), and the most fun watching cheesy chick flicks together or going on crazy shopping adventures.

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I hope you know that I am here for you--until the very end.

I don't mean to make you cry or anything -- even though you probably already are, but I want you to know that when the time comes, I'm going to be there for you just like all of these years you've been here for me. I will be there to support you, talk with you, laugh with you, cry with you, and love you for all of my life.

Honestly, I can't really imagine my life without you -- but it doesn't matter because I wouldn't be here without you, so here's to you.

Thank you for being you.

Love you lots!

Your daughter.

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To The People Who Hate Their Birthdays, I Will Never Understand You

Bring on another year!

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As I just celebrated turning nineteen, my birthday was filled with love, happiness, and celebrations. I have always been one who has loved my birthday, and I wished my birthday would last all month. Even though each year I am getting older, I still feel the same way about my birthday as I did when I was 5 years old. I look at it as a way to celebrate everything I have accomplished that year, all the memories that I made, and what I have learned.

Yes, I totally understand that I am still young and some people might say I will change my mind when I am older, but I can't think of a reason why I would. Getting older is a part of life, and as soon as you accept that, the sooner you can start living at whatever stage of life you are at. You have to enjoy whatever stage of life you are at and quit looking toward the future because the future is going to come soon enough.

Birthdays are not supposed to make you sad, they are supposed to be a celebration and make you happy. So instead of wasting the day and being sad about it, do things that you love to do with the people you love. That's the best way to celebrate your day. That doesn't mean you have to go out and party all night long, you just have to do things that make you truly happy. If you want to have a movie night with friends, do it. If you want to go out all night long, do it. If you want to call in sick and have the day to yourself, do it, but make sure you won't get fired. This day is meant to celebrate you and you truly deserve to be celebrated, or in my case I would like to celebrate the whole month. Every single person deserves to have the attention on them for at least a day. So, instead of letting the years pass by and hating on your birthday, learn to love it and enjoy it, because someday will come and honestly, I would rather look back and remember all the wonderful celebrations and memories I had on my birthday, rather than not having any amazing stories at all.

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