My Best Friend

My Best Friend

You are the sister I never had.

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It is truly hard to find someone in life that loves you like they would another family member. Someone who you know will be standing right beside you even before you tell them you need them. They just know. I know that my best friend knows when I need her, and I know that she will always be there for me.

My best friend is one of the most selfless people I have met, and she expresses how much she cares for me all the time. Whenever I am in need of advice or a shoulder to cry on, she is always there for me, and I hope she knows I will always be there for her. One of the main reasons I know she is my best friend is because she supports me endlessly. She genuinely cares about how I feel and if I am doing okay. I run cross country and track for Texas Christian University, and I know that she is one of my biggest fans. When I am sad, she cheers me up, and when she is sad I try to do the same.

I knew when I met you that our friendship would last longer than college. We both know that when we invest in someone, we have to go all in, and that goes for everything in life. Perhaps the reason we are so close is because we are so similar, and we want what is best for one another.

All I know is that I wish everyone had a best friend like mine; someone who is going to be by my side when the going gets tough. My best friend is someone I cannot ever lose because I know that without her the sun would not shine as bright. To my best friend, thank you for being a light in my life and for helping me get through some difficult times. I love you!

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An Open Letter to the Best Friend I Didn't See Coming

Some people come into your life and change you forever—thanks, bestie.
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Dear best friend,

I wasn't expecting you when God placed you in my life. I had my friends. I had my people. I wasn't exactly open to the idea of new meaningful friendships because I had the ones I needed, and it didn't seem like I really needed anybody new.

Thank God that was false. Sometimes you meet people and you just know that you're going to be good friends with. Sometimes you meet people and you realize that there is no such thing as chance. I think God has a funny way of making it seem as if the things that happen to us are by chance, but honestly, that’s a load of crap. If the biggest moments of our lives were left up to chance, then I believe that would make God out to seem as if he didn’t care. It would make it seem as if He was truly abandoning me and making me face some of my most important seasons fully isolated. But you, best friend, are a true testament to the fact that God doesn’t just leave such important aspects up to chance. Thank you for taking a chance on our friendship, and thank you for allowing me to take a chance on what I didn’t realize would be the most impactful friendship in my entire life.

Thank you for being real with me. Thank you for not sugar coating things. Thank you for telling me when I have a bad attitude. Thank you for loving me through my mistakes. Thank you for supporting me in my decisions, even if it isn’t always the decision you would make. Thank you for wanting the best for me, and for making that your true intent behind the words that you say to me, whether they be constructive criticism or encouragement.

Thank you for being a goof with me. Thank you for putting me first. Thank you for seeing the importance of our friendship. Thank you for making time in your schedule for us to just sit and do homework, eat Mexican food, or sit on the porch and listen to music that emotionally wrecks you.

You’re one of a kind. You’re a shoulder to lean on. You’re a safe place. You’re a free spirit. You’re rough and tough, but your heart melts for the people you love and it’s obvious. You’re more than meets the eye. You are worth getting to know. You are worth loving. You pursue people. You are passionate about your future. You are everything that a person needs, and I really thank God that for some reason you continue to choose to be in my life. Thank you for literally dragging me up my mountains of fear when I want to stay exactly where I am at and wallow in the sadness. You bring joy—true joy—wherever you go. You are my best friend, confidant, and biggest fan. You will be the Maid of Honor, Godmother, and fun Aunt.

I used to think lifelong friendships weren’t really a thing. It just seemed like people always grew apart and forever was never a point that was attainable. Best friends forever is a cliché phrase that is continuously overused nowadays (sometimes, I even used to make light of it), but thanks for making that a reality. You are truly the best friend I could have asked for. So thank you for it all. You make life more fun, and I couldn’t thank God more for making an incredible human, friends with me.

I love you, pal!

JQ

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To the girl who used to be my friend

I really don't know what happened.

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We were best friends for so long. We met on the first day of kindergarten. You were extremely shy, and so was I, and I think that is why we clicked so well from the beginning. From fun day to play dates we were so close.

Then 2nd grade came and we went to different schools. They had decided to change the school line that year so even though we lived two minutes from each other, we were on different sides of the line. But different schools didn't mean splitting up. You were still my best friend. We found time to hang out. You came camping with me, even though you hated it. We would play colors, and pretend to be the girls from H2O in your pool. I came to see every High School musical you were in.

But then we got to middle school. I introduced you to my friends and we sat with them at lunch on the first day. Eventually one of my friends and I joined tech crew, which 6th graders normally weren't allowed to be a part of, but her sister had been on it so she had an in. A month or so later, you joined and so did a few of our other friends. It became our thing. We never ate in the cafeteria, but instead in the band room, or with the head of tech.

In 8th grade, we had a fight. I fight that never should have happened and one that honestly made me lose a lot of faith in you. It was spirit week. One of the days was twin day. You had the amazing idea for all of us to wear our tech crew shirts. I thought it was a great idea. Then, one day in gym, I was in the locker room with one of our friends. She looked at me and said "Let's not where our tech shirts. It's stupid. Will you tell her we aren't going to." To which I responded, "I'm not going to tell her. If you don't wanna wear tech shirts, you can tell her, but I'm going to wear mine." The next day I was home sick from school. I wish I hadn't been because that girl spun the story and told you I said not to wear the shirts. You wouldn't talk to me and even turned other friends against me. I tired to explain of what happened, but you wouldn't listen. And honestly that really hurt my feelings. Knowing that you believed someone who you only knew for two years vs me, your best friend since kindergarten. Eventually I apologized to you and our other friends, just so the fight would end.

Since then, we were never the same.

We still talked, we were still friends, but we weren't as close. We had a shared instagram, twitter and facebook of our favorite show, we were in choir together, marching band and the musical.

At one point, we kind of just stopped talking unless we had to. I don't remember why, but it happened. I honestly was jealous at one point because you always got what you wanted in the musical. I was mad because you grew up doing the shows. You had a really good relationship with the director and your parents helped out A LOT. I thought you got certain parts because of that. Maybe you didn't, but it seemed that way. The one that really made me mad though was when you got to tap dance. 75% or more of the people in that number had never taken a dance class before, nor did they own tap shoes. I had been taking tap for a few months, one because I missed it and wanted to start again, but two because I really wanted to be in that number. It was the one thing I wanted to be a part of if I didn't get a part I wanted. I had asked the choreographer if she was going to use anyone other than dancers for that song and she said no. I was devastated and really mad. I honestly didn't want to do the show anymore, but I'm a theatre nerd, it was our last show, I loved the cast and just the experience.

After that, we didn't really talk. We took pictures at graduation, and we went to Hershey Park with some friends that summer, but since then, nothing. I've seen you a couple times at school concerts and we talk and are friendly, but it's not the same. I went to visit your roommate who is still one of my best friends, and you didn't say a word to me while I was there. I saw you during the Halloween parade, and you ignored me. Maybe you didn't see me, or were focusing on the routine, but you didn't even smile.

I have heard that you hate me, and that you have said "I thought we didn't like her."

Some people from high school that I never really talked to during school, but have since become closer with towards the end of senior year and since, have said they are extremely surprised that we no longer talk.

When I see you, I will continue to be friendly, because that's just who I am, but things just aren't the same.

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