To The Friends I Grew Up With

To The Friends I Grew Up With

To the friends most responsible for making me who I am.
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Friends are important. That much can be said. They build you up, provide you with outlets, and oftentimes have their interests rub off on you and vice versa. Sometimes, they morph into your family. Simply put, friends and the companionship are integral to life. And this is my letter to those friends in my life that have made such a difference.

First off, thank you. For literally everything. The experiences we had together. Whether it be football games, the days just playing games at my house, soccer, or even "extreme basketball," they have provided me with experiences and memories I will forever cherish. But friendship is more than just mutual experience. It's about support, as well as respect. And you all have provided more than ample support for me, and vice versa. Whether they be some of the worst personal tragedies any could experience, or just years and years of heartbreak, we leaned on one another. We had each other. And that was enough.

Second, I'm proud of you all. Though our fortunes may be mixed currently, we have managed to remain resilient and persevere through the hardships. We all still have goals and places we want to be. Maybe they aren't immediately in reach, but we will all get there in time. Whether we are teaching, in medicine, police officers, etcetera. All in time, we will attain the success we desire.

Third, never, ever, EVER, give up on life, your aspirations, or whatever it is you may be down about. I know we all have wanted to at different points. However, we shouldn't. Things might get difficult. Hell, things WILL get difficult. But we will all persevere and survive, just as we did before. Just as we will continue to.

Most of you guys serve as inspirations for me, whether it be for your perseverance or your courage. And it should always be known that, despite vast distances or decreasing communications, you all have a place in my heart. My brothers, my sisters. Part of my family. And we will meet again. Bet on it. Wherever we may be, and wherever we may end up.

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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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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