To My Newest Yet Closest Friends

To My Newest Yet Closest Friends

Thank you for showing me the amount of time you know someone doesn't dictate the quality of the friendship.

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To my newest friends,

When people see us together, they would never know we have only recently spent time together. When people see us together, they would never know that we only met a few months ago. When people see us together, they would immediately think we have been friends for years and know everything there is to know about each other. And I love that.

Some people call being in a sorority "Paying for your friends", and if that is what leads to having friends like you all, I would do it 10 times over. You all consistently make me laugh and keep me on my toes by going for spontaneous Tijuana Flats dates or midnight Wal-Mart runs for that makeup product you just HAVE to have. Moments like those are the kind of memories I know we will look back on years in the future, and that to me is absolutely priceless.

Thanks to all of you, I also always have someone to turn to, no matter what the problem is. Or even if there is no problem at all, I have someone I can randomly FaceTime and who always picks up to hear me talking excitedly about the care package I just received from my parents or filling you in on the drama that is just too much to text. But on a serious note, I know I always have and will always have someone who is willing to come over whenever to make sure I am okay, and that is what I am most thankful for with all of you.

I want you all to know that what you have given me in friendship I will always give back to you. You have changed my college experience for the better and I can only hope I give as much to you as you have given to me. So thank you for everything you all have done for me. I love you endlessly and I hope more than anything that our friendships continue as they are far into the future.

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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."

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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 yin 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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Four Quarters Will Always Be Better Than Ten Dimes, And I'm Not Talking About Spare Change

Quality over quantity any damn day.

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"You would rather have four quarters than 10 dimes, 20 nickels, or 100 pennies," is a phrase that at first glance would seem to just be about money. But it actually contains a deeper meaning that could definitely serve as good advice when it comes to the friendships you have in your life.

As an ambivert, I have always found myself happier when I surrounded myself with a large group of friends. It gives you a sense of belonging, something that is a proven innate human desire. Having large groups can be fun, but they also equally have the chance of being toxic for you. There's no point in surrounding yourself with individuals if, at the end of the day, they don't make you happy. Often times you'll hang out with people just because you crave company, but not THEIR company. There is a very important distinction.

Don't let your loneliness or your desire for more friends allow you to be consumed into toxic friendships. Because I have been there and done that. Many times. It's not a fun experience. It took me time to learn, but I have learned the valuable lesson of less being more. When you eliminate extraneous beings from your life, you have more time to focus on your more important relationships and the most crucial one of all, the one you have with yourself.

I am very blessed to say that people that I am close to in my life genuinely care for me and my happiness because this was not always the case. It takes a lot of trial and error, and also greatly impacts your mental health, but finding the right friend group for you is definitely life-changing.

Choose your friends wisely, you don't want a wallet full of useless change.

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