A Thank You Letter To My People Back Home

A Thank You Letter To My People Back Home

"We're friends, real friends. And that means, no matter how long it takes, when you finally do decide to look back, I'll still be there." -Meredith Grey

To my people back home,

As I am sitting in my dorm room, I'm thinking about one thing. I miss you. I miss every single one of you. From my best friends who know me like the back of their hand, to my dance studio, and my family, I miss you all. It's been quite a while since I have seen and talked to some of you, and I want to apologize. The transition into college has been a whirlwind. You are the people who mean the most to me, and I wanted to take some time to tell you just how much I appreciate each and every one of you. I am blessed to have many people who have made a large impact on my life, and I have so much to be thankful for from each of you. So here is a start...

Marie, Abby, Shayla, and Carly. You have been constants in my life from day one and you four mean the world to me. You saw me through every milestone, heartbreak, success, and failure and you stuck by me through it all. I will never be able to put into words just how thankful I am for you. From laughing to the point of our sides hurting, to sitting with each other while we ugly cried, you ladies have been my rock. You will always be my rock. It is something truly incredibly to have people you know will be with you for life. Thank you for everything you do.

My dance family. My teachers, students, and lifelong friends. You are the greatest support system I could have ever asked for. You watched me grow up, and loved me through every stage (even the awkward stage). You gave me a place to be completely unapologetically me, and I thrived. The studio is my home and will always have a place in my heart. Chrissy, I especially want to thank you for giving me something so special. You have created something that is so much more than just a studio. It is a community, and it is a family. The amount of love and support in the atmosphere is incredible. This sounds clichè, but without you, I truly do not know where or who I would be today.

And now finally, my family. The craziest, funniest, most supportive, and loving people on this earth. You are my favorite humans. I am truly so blessed to have each and every one of you. You laid the foundation for who I am, building me with every life lesson and piece of wisdom. Because of you, I know that I am never alone. You are the people who believe in me when I don't, the ones who pick me up when I'm broken and of course, the ones who are there to offer to beat up whoever hurt me (Victoria). Even after listening to my horrible story telling all of these years you somehow still love me so I obviously lucked out. "and then... um uhh" sound familiar? We may be a dysfunctional bunch, but the end of the day you are my people and you mean more than anything to me. Thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I love you.

And with that being said...

Xoxo, Gossip girl (Would it have even been me if I didn't end with this?)

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2. A man's opinion

When it comes to getting advice on boys and boy problems, there is nothing better than getting that from a guy. They know how their brains work and they have your heart in mind when telling you what's up.

3. Honesty

With guys, there's no sugarcoating. They have every intention of being honest and to the point. When you ask for their opinion, know you're getting the truth, no matter how brutal.

4. A fake boyfriend

if the guy who slid into your DMs is acting weird, you can tell him you have a boyfriend even when you don't as long as you have a guy best friend. And he'll probably do a really great job.

5. Someone who laughs at your bad jokes

This specifically applies to any dirty or dry jokes. If you're a girl with a kind of boyish humor, you love having a guy best friend to crack jokes with.

6. A bigger appetite than yours

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You Can Give Your Friends Advice About Love, But It's Up To Them To Actually Listen And Follow It

A good friend will always keep your best interests at heart.

He's drunk and crying and I'm hurting and we're on Skype together and it's a Saturday night. My heart is broken because of him and even more, now, because his is broken, too. The other girl, the one he passed me up to date, just announced that they're not exclusive when they are. All he wants to do is be in love and all I want to do is show him that I can love him. He's not honest with himself about her and I'm not completely honest about my feelings for him about her. I decided to hide my anger and just be the "supportive" friend that I thought that I could be.

I want to tell him that he should have chosen me but it's not the time.

So I tell him that her not claiming him even though she says she feels strongly for him and he reciprocates the feeling, is a red flag. I tell him her flirting with other guys and her getting upset with other girls flirting with him is a red flag. In a soft sympathetic voice, I tell him that this girl is a walking red flag.

I can't be anything but honest.

I know it's something that he doesn't want to hear but it's something that needs to be said. I don't want my friend to get hurt even though we've just met but a friend is a friend. I have to be honest with him because I'd want him to be honest with me in situations like these. It's a sign that he has my back as much as I have his.

I tell him that this brutal honesty is out of love and respect for him. I'm grateful that he appreciates it. I'm secretly frustrated because I know he won't take it into careful consideration.

It's Sunday afternoon and we're on Skype and he's updating me on the talk they had with each other. I know he's settling with being mistreated. I tell him to not be with her and just move on with someone.

Secretly, I want him to move on to me. I know he won't. I'm still sympathetic. And I'm at my wits end with him. "She's not right for you," I say to him.

A few weeks later, I give him a talk that I like to call "Givers and Takers." She's hurt him, again and again, I'm picking up the pieces. I tell him that there are two kinds of people in relationships: givers and takers. I tell him he's a giver and she is a taker. I tell him that she's going to continue to take from him and only give when he calls her out for it but only for a little bit. I tell him that he shouldn't be with someone that will only take from him.

Kindly, like the good man he is, he defends her and her actions. We sit in silence for some time.

"Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe," I softly say to him. I don't get angry with him like I normally do. I'm content with the fact of not being listened to but my honesty about his relationship will never waiver. The core qualities of being a true friend never waiver.

In a perfect world, I wish he realized that he is in love with a wicked girl who loves wickedly. I wish he realized that he's loving stupidly and that his love isn't safe, too. He still doesn't listen but he tells me he appreciates my honesty. And, that's all that matters.

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