The People I Am Grateful For

The People I Am Grateful For

I know I would not be the person I am today without these people.

Recently I started thinking about all the people I have to be grateful for. I have a lot of them and I know I would not be in the position I am at today without their love and support. It's due time that I give them the respect and acknowledgment that they deserve.

I am very grateful for my family. Without them, I doubt I would be the person I am today. My mom is the strongest woman I know. She's gotten me through a lot of tough times, she's been there for me whenever I needed her, and she's been my rock through every difficult thing I have ever had to face. Even when I was the biggest brat in all of history, she was still there. I know that's a mother's job, to take care of her kids, but my mom always seemed to go above and beyond for me. I am very proud to be her daughter. Words could never describe how proud I am of her and how much I love her. She is the greatest woman I have ever met and I will forever be grateful for all the things she's done for me.

My mom is the greatest woman alive, but my dad is the greatest man alive. He works harder than any other person. We didn't always get along and I regret so much of how I acted when I was younger. I regret never telling him that everything he does for me means so much to me. He works hard all day long and when he comes home, no matter how exhausted, he still tries to talk to us. My dad stepped up to take care of me when no other man would. He is the best father anyone could ask for.

Everything both of my parents have sacrificed for my sisters, brother, and I is truly incredible. My parents are completely selfless, and I couldn't be more proud to call myself their daughter.

My sisters and I have fought many times throughout the years, but it's mostly just me and my younger sister who fight. She may not believe this, but I am so proud of the young woman she is becoming. She is strong and beautiful and I know she will do great things in her future. I am so grateful that I got to grow up with someone so annoying, rude, and amazing all at the same time.

My older sister and I have grown much closer over these past years. I am so thankful that we were able to mend that broken bridge between us. I am so grateful that she allows me to be apart of her kids' lives. I'm incredibly grateful to have such an amazing older sister who is willing to listen to me and give me advice when I need it. I love both of my sisters so much and I will forever be grateful that I got stuck with them.

When we were younger, my brother and I got along well enough. We fought as much as a brother and sister were supposed to. I can't say that we are any closer today than we were years ago, but I'm still grateful to have such an annoying brother like him.

I am grateful for my friends. Without my friends, I don't think I would have the fond memories that I have now. Without them, I would not have the courage that I have today to be myself. Without my friends, I wouldn't be me. I am so grateful for all the crazy ideas we have and all of the late night talks. Without all the fun times we ha and will have together, I would not be as daring as I am today. My friends changed me in ways that I cannot explain. Because of them, I am much more outgoing and free. Because of my friends, I am me.

I am grateful for so many things, but these few people needed to be recognized for how important they are to me. While I didn't name names, I hope that everyone knows who I'm talking about. I am grateful for everyone who has influenced me to be a better person and I hope that some of you take some time after reading this and acknowledge all the people you are grateful for.

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I Drifted But Now I'm Reaching Out

I'm not going to isolate myself anymore.

I’ve noticed that since I started college, I dropped a lot of habits. Some were habits that I really needed to get rid of, such as picking at my nails and snacking way too much. Other habits, though, I really shouldn’t have dropped. Maybe I just got too busy or lazy, or maybe it was just something for the high school me. Yeah, I’ve changed a lot in college but I’m going to try and get back into the good habits I had.

College gave me a lot of time. Suddenly I had all this free time and I realized that it was entirely up to me what I wanted to do with it. The freedom is really great, I won’t deny that, but what I noticed was that I found myself alone a lot.

Maybe it was my intention that some days I just wanted some alone time, but more often than not I found myself realizing that I hadn’t seen or talked to friends in a while. I realized I wasn’t hanging out with people anymore. I was alone.

Now, I know the importance of myself reaching out. Before I always worried that there was a reason I wasn’t seeing or talking to people as often, I mean, there was school so maybe everyone was just busy.

But I feared that I was missing out on so much was because I was unwanted in those moments. After gaining confidence, I've decided won’t isolate myself anymore. I’m an outgoing person, but I won’t be selectively outgoing anymore.

In high school, I could barely go two classrooms down without seeing someone and stopping to talk to them, and I want college to be the same way. It’s really impossible to know everyone at your college but reaching out isn’t that hard for me to do, I’ve just been lazy. I haven’t put in as much effort as I should be putting in and I know that if I want to keep some of the amazing friendships that I currently have, I need to not be distant.

It’s easy to drift away when emotions and events start piling up. Sometimes, the only thing I want to do is just lay in bed and not think about my to-do lists and schedules and problems that I have.

Once I start doing that though, I get sucked in and it becomes so hard to get the energy to get up and move. I don’t want that to be the case anymore. I don’t want to hide away with the “what ifs” and speculation as to why I didn’t go or get invited. From now on, I’m just going to go, and then see what happens.

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To My Best Friends, Thank You

I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you.

I have gone through many friends in the past few years, some that lasted a while some that only lasted a few months, but you know exactly when you found your perfect person, soulmate, best friend, the one that will never get away. It’s the friends that stick with you through the toughest times and stay.

The ones you call at 3:00 a.m. because you got into a fight with your boyfriend and can’t sleep and they stay on the phone until your ready to sleep. The ones that you can count on to pick you up because you need a ride no matter where you are.

Dear Best Friends,

I just wanted to thank you for being you and for letting me be me. Thank you for letting me feel so much like myself when I’m with you. Thank you for sharing in my happiest moments, and for listening to my saddest stories and giving compassion and empathy from wherever you are. Thank you for being the only person I ever want to confide in. Thank you for being the most beautiful person, inside and out.

Thank you for making the world a better place, just by being in it. Thank you for defining selfless, always putting others before yourself, you are going to change the world just as much as you have changed mine. Thank you for all the memories we made at Disney this year on our senior trip. Thank you for practically being my second Mom.

Thank you for setting the bar so high and making it impossible to find another friend as good as you. Thank you for making these past years we have been friends feel like forever and for giving me enough memories to last a lifetime, but not ending there.

Thank you for making me hurt when I miss you, but for taking the hurt away when I see you. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for the absolute privilege of being able to call you my best friend, thank you for being my person. Thank you for giving me these reasons, and a million more, to be thankful for.

I sometimes find myself looking back on my life and realizing how huge of a part you have played in keeping me steady when the rest of my world has been falling apart. How you have known what to say and do in the moments when I have felt all control slipping through my fingers.

Even if it’s just dropping everything and taking me for coffee, shopping and listening to me try to untangle the mess I call my life. Thank you for those days when the rest of the world is against me, for making me feel less alone. For believing every silly dream which enters my head and being excited for me about things which no one else understands. Thank you for always validating my emotions, for taking my side, for telling me when I’m wrong, for being honest.

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