An Open Letter To Fake Friends

An Open Letter To Fake Friends

"It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world." -John Green

Dear Fake Friends,

I want you to know that at one point, I thought you were my heaven sent. I was lost, sad, and alone. Maybe that’s why I put so much stock into our friendship. I was so vulnerable that I trusted in you more than I should have. I made you my hero. That one is on me, but I won’t blame myself for the way you hurt me.

This letter is more for myself than it is for you, honestly. You probably won’t even read this. However, on the off chance that you are reading this, I want you to know that you hurt me. Maybe you don’t even know that you did. I’d find that hard to believe, but not out of the realm of possibility. You were so caught up in your own little world that you might not have even noticed how much you were tearing me apart.

I deserve better than you. I deserve friends who will always be with me, not just when it’s convenient for them. You were constantly making me feel small because you needed to feel big. I’m not mad at you, I’m just sad. Disappointed, really. I let you in, and I made you bigger in my life than you made me in yours. After everything that has happened, I just want to know, did you ever consider me a friend? Or was I always just a topic of conversation to you?

A quick tip for next time: you should really let someone know when you stop caring about them. If only I had known, I would’ve moved on before your disregard for me sent me into a self-despising spiral. The hardest thing I ever did was detach myself from you, but it has set me free more than you’ll ever know. I’m still struggling, but at least I’m not forcing a friendship that isn't there. Just like John Green said, “It is so hard to leave—until you leave. And then it is the easiest goddamned thing in the world.”

You’re probably upset at me right now. I’ve seen the way you look at me when we’re near each other. You’re mad at me because I finally became my own hero and left you behind. But newsflash, I don’t need you. You aren’t in control of me anymore.

I’m finally putting the faith that I had in you in myself.



Cover Image Credit: Caleb George

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2. OMG my pups!! I missed you doggos so much

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4. Finally a bedroom to myself

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8. "Mom you're going to do my laundry now, right?"

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"So we're approaching day four with zero human interaction. Pretty good work, but we could do better!"

10. Yes, final grades are in! Can't wait to see what I got this semester!

*Slowly closes computer screen*

11. Do I really have to ask my parents to leave the house?

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Mom: "Oh honey you're an adult now, you don't have to ask! Come and go as you please!"

12. Chores? Yea no thank you.

They've been doing them without me for months. They're all set.

13. Wait, so forreal though.. do restaurants in town take my meal plan?

Bank Account: $5.93

*Whispers to worker* "I won't tell if you don't. Just swipe my school ID, see if it works."

14. Will my Juul set off the fire alarm in my bedroom?


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15. I kinda underestimated how weird it would be to hang out with people from my high school again.

"Oh no you haven't changed a bit Janice! Your baby is so cute lol."

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16. Why do my old friends have new friends?

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17. Can they tell that I'm not really listening to their stories about school?

"Yeah haha Delta Sigma Mu sounds sooooo dope Chad, that's ~wild~ that you had late nights three times a week lol!"

"Oh you snuck into the football stadium when the gates were unlocked?? That's crazy, you're crazy, school sounds... crazy!"

18. I'm bored. How long until I can go back to school?

Is it too late for a summer intersession?

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