A Thank You Letter To My Friends At Home

A Thank You Letter To My Friends At Home

For everything.
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My dearest friends,

I can't believe it, but just like that, our summer has come and gone. I remember May like it was yesterday. We were so happy to be reunited and made so many bucket list goals for the summer. We saw the months ahead of us as infinite and it seemed like Fall was eons away. Now, the time has come to pack our bags and move hours away from each other again.

This moment couldn't be more bittersweet. We've made amazing memories, gone to so many memorable places, and spent endless hours settling back into our routine-- the one we perfected in high school. We came home in May as strangers who had spent a year making new friends, memories, and inside jokes. Then, we became reacquainted at the start of the summer. We relearned everyone's quirks, fell back into the same jokes, and visited all of our favorite hometown haunts. Finally, after hours in front of the fire or the pool, it's time to go back to our life at college.

Obviously, we're all eager to head back to what quickly became "home" to us-- our eclectic college campuses. Each one of us has a completely different city and friend group to head back to, and we're all missing that like crazy. After months of studying together, eating midnight pizza, and forging the sort of bond that only dorm life can bring, those people at college have become family. We miss them dearly. And sadly, soon we'll feel that homesickness from each other instead. It's back to FaceTime and GroupMe and Twitter. Its back to checking up on each other through Instagram and Facebook rather than sleepovers and board game nights. Its back to distance and missing you, and as ready as we all are to go to college, I can't help but feel a little sad at that thought.

So to you all, my lovely, kind, and joyful friends from home... thank you. You bring me the kind of happiness and comfort that only home can. I love our squabbles and flaws and differences. I feel warm and full after an evening spent grabbing ice cream at our favorite spot or a night of driving around after the street lights turn on. You are the people who have seen me through it all, from puberty to middle school boy trouble to graduation. We are as close as ever, and its hard to say goodbye. This summer has been one for the books, and I am so grateful for our friendship.

Go knock 'em dead at school, guys. I love you with all that I have. Thank you.

Love,

Sarah

Cover Image Credit: Sarah Fling

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To The Girl Who Always Feels Left Out

Maybe next time...
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To the girl who always feels left out,

Girl, let me just tell you, I know the feeling. It feels as though my whole life, I have been that girl. You know that feeling when you are standing in a group of people and someone comes up and asks everyone to go to lunch in that group... But you?

Or they make it even worse by saying "Oh, I guess you can come too." You guess I can come to?

No, thank you.

At that point, you feel like the only reason you are being invited is that they feel like they have to. Which more than likely is actually the case. What about when you ask your friend to hang out and she can't because she will be doing homework all night? However, an hour later, you see her with your other best friend. Oh okay cool, sorry for bothering you with my friendship.

You know you are the girl who is always left out when you are the designated "photographer" or you have to specifically ask if you can take a picture with them because they are obviously done taking pictures and did not want one with you.

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We all know "Hey, will you take this picture of us?" all too well. Am I right, ladies? Oh yeah, it is fine. I hate being in pictures. I definitely hate taking pictures to remember this wonderful time I'm having.

What about when you and your friends discuss doing something later during the week and you ask about it but "It's probably not happening anymore." Then you check and would you look at that, your "friends" are having fun without you.

Shocker.

Oh but don't worry about it, I had things to do anyway. You know, clean the house, work on homework that is due next week, binge-watch The Office for the third time this week. Fun stuff. Oh and better yet when you see your friends are hanging out without you. The next time they see you, they talk about how much fun they had.

Oh yes, please tell me about how much fun you had without me. I totally enjoy hearing about how "I totally missed out" and "I should have come." Well, an invite would have been well appreciated. But maybe next time, right? Wrong.


Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Wow this girl is being so petty." Well if you are thinking that, then you obviously do not know the feeling. And to think about it, you probably are not the one in the friend group who is being left out. So think about who that person is and make them feel included next time. It would be greatly appreciated. You do not know how much of a difference it could make.

Yes, I know everyone feels left out sometimes, but time after time, it starts to get really old. Then after you have to start inviting yourself to hang out with people, you realize well since they are not inviting me themselves, maybe they don't want me here. And then surprisingly, you stop hanging out with them. Hmmm, I wonder what could've possibly happened.


Yes, I know, most people do not do this on purpose. I am sure I have even done it once or twice without realizing it, and I am truly sorry.

From one left out girl to another,

Good Luck

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Never take true friendships for granted.

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1. They remember specific details you've told them in the past.

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2. They care about your well-being.

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If you've heard your friend say things like "drive safe" or "text me when your flight lands", this shows how much they care about your safety. Authentic friends will make sure you are protected and feeling happy.

3. They always want the best for you.

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We all know there is a big difference between a jealous friend and a supportive friend. Surrounding yourself with friends that want the best for you is important. More positivity will be brought in your life if you are aware of maintaining an encouraging environment for yourself.

4. They will be extremely honest with you.

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True friends say it like it is. They won't lie and tell you your skirt matches your shoes if it doesn't. Honesty is the best policy when it comes to distinguishing a genuine friend.

5. They keep your secrets safe.

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You can trust them and tell them anything. Authentic friends won't repeat secrets you've told them to anyone else, and this is such a refreshing feeling! These are reliable and trustworthy people.

6. They will go out of their way to help you.

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This relates to caring about your well-being because they will do anything for you. Your true friends will go the extra mile without hesitation. They will be there for you wherever you need them and won't expect a favor in return.

7. They embrace your goofy side.

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Everybody's got one! If you are able to be your true goofy self around your people then you, my friend, have found a true one! Enjoy being weirdos together.

If any of your friends meet these criteria, then you are blessed! Never take your true friendships for granted.

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