An Open Letter To My Best Friend

An Open Letter To My Best Friend

My soul mate.

To my best friend and so much more. there are no words I can successfully put together to define our friendship. You are the most fun, accepting, weird, and caring person I have come to know and love. You have helped me grow as a person in so many different areas of my life; areas of my life I didn’t even know existed. Coming into college, you never know what to expect. It’s a different world with different people and different challenges and no familiarity. Not only have you managed to make me feel at home at West Chester, but you’ve actually become my home. Obviously I don’t live in you, and no, you don’t have a driveway with a basketball net, nor a kitchen filled with home-cooked meals, but you do have a heart that loves more passionately than anyone I've ever met and you also have a brain that is caring, generous, and selfless. You have become my safe haven, and my place of comfort…exactly what a home is meant to feel like. I read a quote one day that said, “It will be an utterly beautiful day when a person, rather than a place, becomes your home,” and I used to envision myself finally feeling that way when I'm settle down and am deeply in love with my husband years, maybe even a decade from now, but I was wrong. You are my home. And yes, one day in the future I want to be able to call my husband my home, but you will always be my first. People have numerous houses all over the world, those people are usually rich, which would also be convenient for my husband to be, but having numerous homes in a figurative sense means I'm rich in love, and that’s more than money could ever buy.

You were an angel sent to me on Earth and I'll say that until the day I die. You and I both know how immensely exhausting these past two years have been, and no I’m not talking about you trying to work out at the gym. There have been a handful of incidents where I can confidently say you saved my life. Not in the actual, physical way, but in matters dealing with my pure sanity and happiness. There has yet to be a situation that I’ve come to you with and you weren’t there for me. Whether it’s been family drama, boy issues, or literally carrying me through last semester with my broken hip, you have been above and beyond what I ever could have imagined a friendship to be.

Looking back, I can't even grasp the fact that you weren't in my first 18 years of life. In just the past 24 months you have been my best friend, my role model, my diary, my therapist, my lunch date, my hero, my mom, but more-so my child, my cuddle buddy, and last, but certainly not least, my sister.

You will be the girl that stands next to me while I'm wearing a white dress and you will be the one in the waiting room at a hospital while I'm preparing to have a child. As time and distance force themselves upon us, as we get older, you will be my weekly phone conversation that I pair with my glass of wine. When we both retire you will be the one I call to go on vacation with to sing and dance and laugh and cuddle. Too often people don't tell others how they feel, so right here, right now, I'm telling you it is a privilege and a blessing to have you in my life. I can’t even create in my mind a better friend than what you have been for the time that we’ve spent together. I love you infinitely.

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30 Things I'd Rather Be Than 'Pretty'

Because "pretty" is so overrated.

Nowadays, we put so much emphasis on our looks. We focus so much on the outside that we forget to really focus on what matters. I was inspired by a list that I found online of "Things I Would Rather Be Called Instead Of Pretty," so I made my own version. Here is a list of things that I would rather be than "pretty."

1. Captivating

I want one glance at me to completely steal your breath away.

2. Magnetic

I want people to feel drawn to me. I want something to be different about me that people recognize at first glance.

3. Raw

I want to be real. Vulnerable. Completely, genuinely myself.

4. Intoxicating

..and I want you addicted.

5. Humble

I want to recognize my abilities, but not be boastful or proud.

6. Exemplary

I want to stand out.

7. Loyal

I want to pride myself on sticking out the storm.

8. Fascinating

I want you to be hanging on every word I say.

9. Empathetic

I want to be able to feel your pain, so that I can help you heal.

10. Vivacious

I want to be the life of the party.

11. Reckless

I want to be crazy. Thrilling. Unpredictable. I want to keep you guessing, keep your heart pounding, and your blood rushing.

12. Philanthropic

I want to give.

13. Philosophical

I want to ask the tough questions that get you thinking about the purpose of our beating hearts.

14. Loving

When my name is spoken, I want my tenderness to come to mind.

15. Quaintrelle

I want my passion to ooze out of me.

16. Belesprit

I want to be quick. Witty. Always on my toes.

17. Conscientious

I want to always be thinking of others.

18. Passionate

...and I want people to know what my passions are.

19. Alluring

I want to be a woman who draws people in.

20. Kind

Simply put, I want to be pleasant and kind.

21. Selcouth

Even if you've known me your whole life, I want strange, yet marvelous. Rare and wondrous.

22. Pierian

From the way I move to the way I speak, I want to be poetic.

23. Esoteric

Do not mistake this. I do not want to be misunderstood. But rather I'd like to keep my circle small and close. I don't want to be an average, everyday person.

24. Authentic

I don't want anyone to ever question whether I am being genuine or telling the truth.

25. Novaturient

..about my own life. I never want to settle for good enough. Instead I always want to seek to make a positive change.

26. Observant

I want to take all of life in.

27. Peart

I want to be honestly in good spirits at all times.

28. Romantic

Sure, I want to be a little old school in this sense.

29. Elysian

I want to give you the same feeling that you get in paradise.

30. Curious

And I never want to stop searching for answers.
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To My Little Sister, Don't Wish For Time To Move Faster, Soak Up The Stage Of Life You're In

Live in the moment and you will come out having no regrets.


To my best friend,

Time goes by quickly, do not wish it away. Enjoy living in the moment you are in right now because you will never get it back. Stop wishing you were in college already because you have so much to live for right now.

I know all you want to do is get away from home and start over, which is normal because I wanted to do the same thing at your age. But as your older sister, and as someone who has gone through that stage already, I am here to tell you that it is not all rainbows and sunshine 24/7.

With the time you have left in high school, enjoy every second of it because eventually, you will come to miss it.

Graduation is just around the corner for you and it honestly freaks me out how fast time is going. And it only goes faster in college. As kids, all we wanted was to be in high school and be able to drive on our own and once we hit high school, all we want is to be in college. With almost being in college for two years, I can easily say that all I want is to be a kid again. We have been wishing our whole lives away since we can remember. Enjoy today.

I see so much potential in you and I am beyond excited for what the future has in store for you.

Many times, you have been the one to give me advice even though I'm the older sister and this shows how caring and loving you are. Life is going to treat you so well and it already has.

There is one piece of advice I must give to you though. Make sure to thank mom and dad and tell them you love them as often as possible. I know they can get on your nerves and may make you angry at times, but they have given us the best life. You will learn in college just how much they love us and how much they have given up just to make us happy.

You have a good head on your shoulders and I know life is going to turn out to be exactly what you wanted. Just don't wish it all away. Some of my favorite times were when I was a senior in high school.

I'm always looking out for you so don't ever think you are alone in this crazy world. Remember, I am just one phone call away.

I love you so much sis, you got this.

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