To My Friends and Best Friends: Thank You

To My Friends And My Best Friends, Thank You

For being there for me.


People struggle, all the time, and it's just part of life. Things get difficult and things change, sometimes for the good, and sometimes not so much. There are ups, and there are downs. Currently, I'm in a down.

Things are hard for me right now, and things are hard for you too. You all have your own struggles, and somehow, you all still have enough space and love in your lives to help me. That's what friendship is all about.

After high school, you don't see your friends every single day; you don't call them or text them every day either. Yet, you're still friends and the minute one of them reaches out to you, you're already dialing them up or texting a long paragraph to make sure they're okay. So even though you're states away, even though maybe there's a time difference, even though it's been years since high school- that love is still there.

So, to my friends and my best friends: thank you for loving me and caring for me through space and time. Thank you for making plans to see me when I come back home for break. Thank you for every single smile and every single laugh you've poked out of me. Thank you for sitting down at a table with drinks and talking for hours to me like no time has even passed since the last time we hung out together.

Thank you for making sure that, even though we're not in high school anymore and sitting next to each other in class, our friendship still feels just as strong and not at all tarnished.

As I said, I'm in a rough spot in my life right now. I might feel alone, and I might not have somebody's shoulder next to me to cry on, that doesn't mean that I'm actually alone. I'm so grateful to wake up in the morning with messages from my friends and my best friends, sharing goofy videos and memes with me. I'm grateful for the girls that comment under my pictures and call me beautiful because I really needed to hear it. I'm grateful for every single late-night phone call.

I have the best friends in the entire world, and I am so, so thankful for each and every one. When things get hard, I don't like to bother people. I try to shut myself off and bottle up everything, even though it's not healthy. The people that love me can obviously see this. So, they tell me they'll pray for me, and they message me good morning, and they ask me what I ate and remind me to drink water. These are little things but when you sit down and read every single thing people have to tell you when you're sick or sad, you realize just how loved you are.

So thank you all, so much. I'm not doing so great right now, but I am surrounded by people that love and care for me, even though they might not be physically with me right now. When I heal and get better, I know that it'll be because of my people who love me. And I will turn around and love you all and support you alaske you all did for me. Thank you for caring, so much.

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10 Struggles Girls Taller Than 5'7" Feel On A Spiritual Level

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

Any girl who is at least 5'8" will understand these struggles and possibly identify with them on a spiritual level.

1. Dresses not being long enough

Finding dresses for any occasion that will be long enough is like searching for rain in a drought. And when you find one, it's bound to either cost $$$ or not fit another aspect of your body.

2. Heck, pants are never long enough either

You are constantly flooding, or else you rolled up your jeans to look like capris. Unless you special ordered some jeans online in the coveted size LONG or EXTRA LONG, this will forever be your fate.

3. "Do you date guys that are shorter than you?"

This is a personal preference people! Don't assume that a girl will or will not date someone just based on their height difference! Also, don't judge if they aren't interested in someone who is shorter than them!

4. Not wearing heels because you don't enjoy being the skyscraper of the friend group

Wearing heels can be fun buuuuuuuut sometimes towering over everyone else is not our idea of fun.

5. It's hard to find cute shoes that actually fit

You would love to have all those cute little shoes in the clearance section, but most of them barely cover your big toe.

6. Everyone thinks you walk too fast

Short-legged people just can't keep up with you, even though you aren't even walking fast. Like at all.

7. People want to jump on your back

Just because you're tall doesn't give them the license to make you into their personal camel.

8. Never being able to cross your legs underneath desks and tables

You. Can. Not. Get. Comfortable.

9. Awkward hugs

Some people will never understand.

10. Never knowing how to pose in pictures

Should you sorority squat? Pop the hip? Bend the leg? Contort your body to feel like a normal sized human? So hard to decide.

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Summer = Rest?

Sometimes it feels as if we need a vacation... from our vacation.


Ah summer: Popsicles and sun burns, mixed with fresh-squeezed lemonade that local kids are pandering to make enough money for Roman candles and Black Cats. The crack of the bat can be heard among the simmering charcoal grills and Troy-bilts humming through the ever-lasting sun. School is out and children are wild. It's a paradise.

Or is it?

But after countless sports camps and tournaments, other camps, vacations, school (?) events, traveling teams, VBS, summer seems to have been sucked fun-free.

Maybe it's Hollywood and Harper Lee's fault for giving us this utopian view of what summer should look and feel like (I'm looking at you Sandlot). But how can we really rest this summer? Because everyone needs some actual rest, even adults.

First thing is do NOT pack your summer full. Say no to some things. Coaches and Families can expect too much and it's okay to say no to them. You have to. There is no time for kids to be kids anymore.

Work can take a backseat. Vacations need to be taken. Families need to reconnect.

And for all my super-scheduled people out there, please PLEASE don't schedule out your vacation. Just enjoy it.

Another bit of advice would be to put away the technology and spend some time outside. When was the last time you tried to catch lightning bugs? Or went for a swim? Or listened to birds on your front porch?

I may sound like I have an old soul, but I really feel like we have lost this connection to the outside world. Summer is all about getting a farmer's tan and getting stung once or twice. I can guarantee you that's some of the best therapy in the world.

Maybe this sounds all over the place. Maybe this sounds like me ranting. And it probably is.

But I'm telling you that this stuff matters. Don't let summer whiz by and you arrive in August more drained that you were in May. Enjoy this time with family and friends.

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