Open Letter To My Best Friend That Isn't Here Anymore

Open Letter To My Best Friend That Isn't Here Anymore

I think about you everyday.
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I thought about you today. And yesterday. And every day since you've been gone. The smallest thing reminds me of you. Memories cross my mind at least once a day. I look down at my wrist and your face pops into my head. I listen to music and I think, "Wow, Jes would love this song." Anything elephant-related reminds me of you. I think of our matching Beanie Babies and I wonder where yours is. I look at Jersey and I think of how you are probably that only person that wouldn't get annoyed at her hyperactive behavior, because you would be right next to her, just as hyperactive. I wish she knew you.

I get sad. I get really sad that I can't hear your laugh or see your smile ever again. I will forever have to resort to old pictures and videos. I drive past Johnson Blvd and I want to turn right so bad. I want to lay in your bed and listen to your iPod. I want to cry. I know I'll never be able to hug and kiss you again. Never lay on your bed while you get ready for class. I will never forget the laughs, the cries, the fights and the makeups. All the running around we did at Sullivan. Dragging you to get French Vanilla Caps with me every morning at 8. The countless pool games. The end of semester massages. I was looking through those pictures the other day. You used to drive me nuts. All of the memories I have, I will forever cherish.

No one could have made my teenage and early adult years as amazing as you had. You have taught me so much and you have helped shape me into who I am today. You got me involved in so many things in high school that I would not have done on my own. You were always my shoulder and my rock. I know that I am not the only person who has gone through this. But we are the only ones that I care about. I care so much about the relationship that we held. If anyone has ever told me that it gets easier, they were wrong. Every day I am hurt and every day I will remain hurt. There is only one thing that can take this pain away. I, of course, know that it will never happen. I am NOT okay with that, but I have come to terms with it.

I am happy that you are not in pain anymore, and you will never feel pain again. And most importantly, I will continue to think about you every day, and I am most certainly okay with that. The memories of you are the best ones that I have. And Kelly, if you are reading this, I love you and I want to spend more time at the house, if any at all. But I am not ready for the realness that comes along with that, and I do not want it to set in. I'm not sure that I will ever be ready. But along with Jes, you are always in my thoughts, and I love you both.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Continues To Save My Life

No one knows me like you do.

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From the day we became friends, we have always had nothing but support for one another. Although we have only really been friends for about seven years now, I feel as if you have always been a part of my life. You know me just as well as you know yourself, and I understand you in the same way I understand my own thoughts and feelings.

You have never made me feel pressured, insecure, or unappreciated. The mutual respect we have for one another is unmatched. We can talk to each other about anything; from some of the most trivial topics to entire life philosophies. We have grown and matured together, and I couldn't be more proud of the person you are today.

We don't always agree on everything, and I always appreciate your fresh point of view, but I have never felt more in sync with another person than I do with you. We share the same birth month, the same age, the same home town, the same anxieties, and many of the same attitudes and values.

I feel as if you know exactly when I want to be alone and when I need company. Since we are both introverted, we understand that the other person needs time to recharge. And when I'm sitting alone with nothing to do, I always get a text from you asking to hang out.

In some of my loneliest, most vulnerable moments, you have been there. When I question how many true friends I really have, you are always sure to make your love for me known.

Through high school, and now college, we have experienced so many life-changing events together. Some that have taught us extremely valuable lessons, and others that have shown us incredible pain and how to grow from our lowest moments.

I want to thank you for showing me what life-long friendship looks like. Thank you for always understanding me and never putting too much pressure on me. I see an incredible future for both of us no matter where each of our lives takes us.

We will always share a unique connection that cannot be separated by any distance. But, for now, I'm glad you're only one text or phone call away.

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