Letter To My Best Friend On Her Birthday

Letter To My Best Friend On Her Birthday

Although we go to different schools 348.3 miles away, you still mean the world to me
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To my best friend:

I am writing this letter to you in honor of your birthday because I didn't think a simple Facebook post would show you exactly how much you mean to me.

Some may say that we are the product of a whirlwind friendship since we've only been friends for about five years, although when we tell people, they don't believe us. You are truly my second half, and I honestly do not know what I would do without you in my life. To say we have been through a lot together would be an understatement. You have been there for me through thick and thin, and I could never thank you enough for your constant support and love.

OK, enough of the sappy talk, partly because it doesn't even begin to explain us, but mostly because you're probably crying right now (goal achieved).

In honor of your 19th birthday, I decided to remind you of our best 19 moments with some visual aids.

1. Eighth grade.

We finally became friends!

2. Freshman homecoming.

Remember when you cried because our first homecoming was over, because I do.


3. Our first holiday concert.

When this glorious tradition was created.


4. Soccer.

When I accidentally gave you that concussion -- sorry about that.


5. Ed Sheeran.

Can't forget about Foy, too.


6. Jasper Square Garden.

Just because I absolutely love this picture of us.

7. When you finally joined USY.

Because we needed an excuse to spend even more time together.

8. Our trip to the zoo.

When you willingly chose to sit on an animal eating a banana.


9. The day Sholie was born.

Because every power couple has a great ship name.

10. When we had school spirit.

For once.


11. Junior year turnabout.

Again, I just really love this picture of us.


12. Peru.

On a scale from one to10 when we were in Peru.

13. When we ruled the school.

Four years in the making.

14. The day school closed.

Thank the rain for this glorious picture.


15. IC ATL.

Squad was born.

16. Sholie at its finest.

I'm pretty sure Buffy puked.


17. Diesney.

18. When we got into our dream schools.

And ended up 348.3 miles apart.


19. Prom.

When we were friendship goals.

20. (For good luck) When we kept the tradition going.

Five years strong.


Hopefully, you've stopped crying, but I know you haven't, which is one of the many reasons I love you. I have no doubt that we will be making even more amazing memories. Thank you for always being by my side and for being the best friend anyone could ever ask for. I hope you have the most amazing 19th birthday because you deserve it! Love you always and forever, Little J.

xoxo,
S.

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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