Why I'm Thankful for My Long Term Friends

Why I'm Thankful for My Long Term Friends

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You know those best friends who are there no matter what? It doesn't matter how long it's been since I've talked to them, or seen them, whenever we do finally meet up it's like we were just hanging out yesterday. These are those gems of friends who you need to hold on to and I am very thankful to have quite a few!

These friends are amazing because they may not live in your same city, but they know every detail about your life still. Honestly they might remember more about your life than you do at points! You could be retelling them a story on your 3 hour long phone call and they recall the shoes you had on in your story just from your Instagram. They're amazing.

These friends also somehow integrate with all of your new friends seamlessly. You two get along so why wouldn't they? They are never jealous of your new friends, they're happy to see their social butterfly of a friend making it out there in the world.

Speaking of making it out there in the world.. these are those big obnoxious sappy post makers whenever your birthday roles around or you get a job promotion. They're your biggest supporters! Maybe it's because they've known you so long and have seen your triumphs and tribulations to get to this point. Regardless, you do the same because the world needs to know how amazing your bestie is.

Most of the world does though, especially your family. These are the friends who used to come into your house Kimmy Gibbler style and can hang out with your family even when you aren't there. Your family treats them like their own, and your friend might actually call your mom, mom too. Weird but true.

These are the friends who when you are together and out, when you get food and they forgot their wallet you don't ask them to venmo you because you've lost all track of deals. You probably both are around even between the middle school line for ice cream or the matching halloween outfits.

Speaking of looking the same, sometimes, not all the time you end up looking the same even far apart. You both have the same taste in clothes, makeup, etc. Twinning, in a weird way. Once my best friends boyfriend thought his girlfriend has posted a picture with another guy but it was actually my post with me and and a plus one. Freaky!

What are the chances? Right?

Anyways, I know the chances of me staying friends with these amazing people. 100000% will be hanging out when we're 80 years old going through taco bell.

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.
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Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.

Love,

Your Daughter

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Visiting Your Friends At Different Colleges Is Worth The Drive

Learning about the lives my friends are living at other schools is extremely interesting.

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When I went to college, many of my friends went to different schools. Some of us went to the same college, some went to other in-state schools and some even went out-of-state. If you are ever bored and are thinking about spending the weekend with your friend at their college, I recommend doing it!

As a student at the University of Florida, I already know the best places to eat, party and relax in Gainesville. During my time here, I have met so many new people and have experienced so many new things. But, sometimes I forget that my friends are living their own lives at different schools, as well.

When I went to visit one of my best friends at the University of Central Florida, it was neat to see how she matured as a person. She took me to all the cool bars, introduced me to all of her new friends and gave me a tour of campus. Getting to see how she has evolved so much was so fascinating.

Visiting my friends at Florida State University was a whole experience in itself. I had many friends go to this school. Each of them lives their own lives, some still hang out, and some are even roommates. The culture at each university is so much different than the culture at my school. It was fun to meet all of their new classmates and sorority sisters. Getting to know the people that spend every day with the friends that I used to spend every day with is something I love to do.

If you ever have a break from studying, get a little bored, or even just miss your friends, give them a call and ask to stay with them for the weekend! I promise you will learn so much more about them and how they are taking on their new phase of life.

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