To The Person I'm Glad to Have Met

To The Person I'm Glad To Have Met

"Some people seem to fade away but then when they are truly gone, it's like they didn't fade away at all." - Bob Dylan

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People change people. I'll believe that until the day I die and you changed me in more ways than one. Honestly, you did. At the time, I was also going through so much in my personal life and there should not have been any reason for someone new to enter my life, but the sad reality is that you were my escape from what was going on in my personal life and I needed an excuse to not focus on those issues. That was you.

I was told to move on, find someone else, and encouraged even to text you just so I can find closure and then move on, but I can't do that. Distance makes the heart grow fonder; because the longer I go without seeing you (physically) or hearing from you, the more I start to wonder what you're up to. It's how I grieve, I guess. I think about you all the time and you've been on my mind for the past few weeks. I want to text you to see how you're doing, but I can't, so I'm just writing (as always) to get through this phase I'm going through. Of course, I'm writing to you, but part of me is writing to me. I wrote to you a year ago, but I was in a different headspace then — I'm not the same girl from last year or even six years ago.

I'm different, thanks to you.

I'm thankful for the friendship we shared and the time we spent getting to know each other, but I know that you're not thinking of me — so, it's time for me to stop thinking about you.

You were also my security blanket and I'm thankful for the time that I spent with you, even though you may never hear that. I am very grateful for you and our friendship overall because that was something so unexpected in my life, but I felt that it was needed. You were a breath of fresh air for me and after feeling like I was drowning for months, you came and saved me.

And for that, I am glad to have met you.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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