To The Girl Who Can't Catch A Break: I Am So Proud Of You

To The Girl Who Can't Catch A Break: I Am So Proud Of You

Be proud of where you are.

The presence you bring into this world is one I’ve never gotten to seen. You do absolutely everything to keep yourself and the people in your life happy and feel loved. You work for every single thing you do, which I admire because that’s not something a lot of people can say. Every little bump in the road that comes your way, you take it and you overcome it with such poise and maturity.

Whether it’s work, your relationship, your organization, or your family and friends, nothing can stop you. You tackle any and all problems that are thrown your way, even if it means tears need to be shed every once in awhile to get you through it.

My favorite part about you is that you never let your light inside of you dim. Without that light you wouldn’t be the person that I get to call my best friend. No matter how many tears you shed in a day or in a week, that light has no chance of going out. You always pick yourself up from the situation and deal with it head on. You do everything in your power to make everyone feel like their light should shine as bright as it can. You give so much love to people but sometimes you don’t feel that love returned.

I’m here to tell you that regardless of who does or doesn’t shows you that love, I love you more than life and I have never had the opportunity to be as proud as I am of you about someone else. Everyone has a different way of showing their affection and thankfully for me, you are someone that shows it with everything you say and do. I may not be the exact person you are looking to see that from, but no matter what I will always be here to remind you to keep your light shining. No one should be able to take that away from you because you deserve to be happier than anyone.

You deserve the love you keep trying to give everyone else. You wear your heart on your sleeve and you deserve people that are going to value that, not destroy it. People in your life should always be lifting you up and being as positive as you are. Going through life not being truly happy is not the way to live your life. You have to remember that people are going to live how they think is best even if it’s not. When you feel like it’s not worth it anymore to keep going, stop and remember how blessed you are in your life. Remember that there are people who love you more than they can express and are proud of everything that you do.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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1. Go on a shopping spree for summer clothes

2. Try out a new restaurant

3. Get matching tattoos (or henna if this is too extreme)

4. Get piercings together

5. Go bowling with a group of friends

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7. Go explore a zoo

8. Go on a hiking trail

9. Plan out a weekend to meet over the summer

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