What I Want My Long Distance Best Friend To Know

What I Want My Long Distance Best Friend To Know

I don't thank you nearly enough.
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Dear best friend,

I don’t think I thank you enough for everything you do for me. Usually when people are separated by distance they grow apart, but the fact that we have been longer apart than we have been together and are still just as close is a good sign.

I never, ever take you for granted.

I know there have been times where we went without talking because life got in the way. We’re busy people, and with that comes new friends and new opportunities without each other. However, no matter how many friends I have gained being away from you, you are still just as important as ever in my life, and they all know that, and I want you to know that.

My friends know all about you.

I tell my friends about you and the exciting things that are happening in your life. They even ask me how you are doing from time to time. Even though you aren’t here, it still sort of feels like you are.

Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how you’re doing.

Even if I don’t text or call, just know I am always wondering what’s new and how your family is and how your dogs are, etc. I am always curious and I always look forward to your hand-written letters.

I know you’re there now matter what.

Just like I am always here for you, I know you will always be there for me. There has never been a time where you have been too busy to talk if I truly needed to. There has never been anything that I couldn’t come to you with or tell you about. I have never felt judged, even when I’ve done some questionable things. You support me no matter what my decisions have been. So thank you for that. Thank you for always being there.

We pick up where we left off.

I love how we can go long periods of time and not see each other, but when we finally do, it’s like we were never apart. Things pick up right where they left off, and we can’t stop talking. There is never a lag in conversation, and we somehow never seem to run out of things to talk about.

Thank you for being an inspiration.

Your work ethic is incredible. I have never met someone as hard-working as you, and it is very inspiring. I am always looking to you to find motivation, even when you don’t realize it. Hearing you talk about how your business is going and how many hours you spend studying truly makes me want to do better, so thank you.

Thank you for knowing what to say.

If I am ever having trouble, you know just what to say and how to make it better. You’ve seen me at my absolute worst, and you still love me, and I appreciate that more than you know.

Your friendship means the absolute world to me, and I don’t know where I would be without it. Friendship is not defined by time spent together, but how we act apart, and we have proven time and time again that it is possible. Thank you for showing me the true meaning of friendship that I value so dearly. Most importantly, thanks for being you.

I love you, best friend.

Love,

Me

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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