An Open Letter To My Besties For The Resties

An Open Letter To My Besties For The Resties

Thanks for being my forever friends.

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To the girls who never fail to make me laugh,

Thank you, thank you so much for coming into my life and being such positive little lights every single day. I don't think there is a day that goes by that you guys don't make me laugh at anything and everything. You guys are like, the nice girls.

Coming to college is super scary, I mean how the heck are you supposed to leave your friend group from basically middle school and meet new people? Something I used to be so scared of, but now I realize how silly I was to be scared of meeting you people!! You make going home from break a little sad, which is the best way to be. Because of our friend group, I truly have homes in two different places. You have filled my life with joy, laughter, and Peter Kavinsky.

They always say you meet your lifelong friends in college and then you always hear of people talking about their college days and their college friends. I am so, so, so thankful I have you people as my college friends I get to show off to my future children. We can grow old and force our children to be besties and then tell them about all of our wild cheerleading stunts and trips to Wawa for our special chips. I could not have imagined meeting any kinder, funny, and perfect people than you perfect people.

I love our trips to the SPCA to pet puppies instead of doing our work, our wine nights that turn into cheerleading stunt practice, and of course, Peter Kavinsky. Whenever we are together, it is non stop laughing, and we talk about things other than other people, what a concept. You are the nicest and sweetest people I have ever met, and have taught me what genuine friendship feels like. I truly can not thank you enough for all of the positive energy you have put into my life, which is something I will never ever forget.

Not only do you always put a smile on my face whenever we are together, your never-ending support and motivation never go unnoticed. I am so grateful to have such amazing friends who were literally, always there, with kind words or GIFs of puppies, you do it all. You know when I am going into hard tests and send me motivation, or you know when I will have a long day and inevitably forget to eat so you will surprise me with a snack. You are there for me through anything and everything and supply a lot of positivity, good vibes, and most importantly the dog memes.

I am so freaking happy that I met my forever friends and that you people are those forever friends. I could not ask for any better and kinder people in my life. I can't wait for more of our crumb cake, nights out that really just turn into us taking way too long getting ready because we can't keep it together and then inevitably just giving up and watching Peter Kavinsky.

Cheers to all the fun we haven't had yet!

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An Open Letter to the Best Friend I Didn't See Coming

Some people come into your life and change you forever—thanks, bestie.
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Dear best friend,

I wasn't expecting you when God placed you in my life. I had my friends. I had my people. I wasn't exactly open to the idea of new meaningful friendships because I had the ones I needed, and it didn't seem like I really needed anybody new.

Thank God that was false. Sometimes you meet people and you just know that you're going to be good friends with. Sometimes you meet people and you realize that there is no such thing as chance. I think God has a funny way of making it seem as if the things that happen to us are by chance, but honestly, that’s a load of crap. If the biggest moments of our lives were left up to chance, then I believe that would make God out to seem as if he didn’t care. It would make it seem as if He was truly abandoning me and making me face some of my most important seasons fully isolated. But you, best friend, are a true testament to the fact that God doesn’t just leave such important aspects up to chance. Thank you for taking a chance on our friendship, and thank you for allowing me to take a chance on what I didn’t realize would be the most impactful friendship in my entire life.

Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for not sugar coating things. Thank you for telling me when I have a bad attitude. Thank you for loving me through my mistakes. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions, even if it isn’t always the decision you would make. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and for making that your true intent behind the words that you say to me, whether they be constructive criticism or encouragement.

Thank you for being a goof with me. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for seeing the importance of our friendship. Thank you for making time in your schedule for us to just sit and do homework, eat Mexican food, or sit on the porch and listen to music that emotionally wrecks you.

You’re one of a kind. You’re a shoulder to lean on. You’re a safe place. You’re a free spirit. You’re rough and tough, but your heart melts for the people you love and it’s obvious. You’re more than meets the eye. You are worth getting to know. You are worth loving. You pursue people. You are passionate about your future. You are everything that a person needs, and I really thank God that for some reason you continue to choose to be in my life. Thank you for literally dragging me up my mountains of fear when I want to stay exactly where I am at and wallow in the sadness. You bring joy—true joy—wherever you go. You are my best friend, confidant, and biggest fan. You will be the Maid of Honor, Godmother, and fun Aunt.

I used to think lifelong friendships weren’t really a thing. It just seemed like people always grew apart and forever was never a point that was attainable. Best friends forever is a cliché phrase that is continuously overused nowadays (sometimes, I even used to make light of it), but thanks for making that a reality. You are truly the best friend I could have asked for. So thank you for it all. You make life more fun, and I couldn’t thank God more for making an incredible human, friends with me.

I love you, pal!

JQ

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Stop Assuming Your Queer Friends Are Going To End Up Falling For You

News flash: if you're my friend, the chances of me falling for you are slim to none.

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Ever since I came out my senior year, I've encountered bumps of my friendships due to my sexuality. I think people understand gay, lesbian, and bisexual identities rather well. However, there are other members of the LGBTQ+ community that isn't as understood as well.

I identify as pansexual but start using the term queer. Essentially, I don't have a preference if someone identifies as female or male. When it comes to love and relationships, I care about the quality of the person and if I'm getting the love and respect I deserve.

However, to some of my friends, they seemed to become afraid. They distanced themselves in our friendships in fear I would end up falling for them.

News flash: if you're my friend, the chances of me falling for you are slim to none. You are my friend for a reason. If I liked you, I would honestly be too nervous to talk to you.

It's nice to know to have that kind of self-confidence where you think everyone has a crush on you. That's the attitude to have because you are a pretty great person. However, sorry to break it to you, but you just are not my type.

There is absolutely no reason to cut off a friendship just because you don't understand. Your queer friends would probably like you to ask questions. It can be a sign you care about them and showing support. There is nothing wrong with asking questions either. When you're in class and you don't know anything, then you ask a question. When you are getting to know someone, you ask questions. Even if you knew this person for a while, ask away!

I think there is a stigma of not knowing something and feeling embarrassed. However, it shouldn't be this way. We should embrace the unknown, learn, and grow from it. It's 2019. It's all about being open-minded to differences. We have to do better for the next generation.

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