To My College Roommates, As We Take On This Year TOGETHER

To My College Roommates, As We Take On This Year TOGETHER

It is that time of the year again.

College is an experience in and of itself, but being away for college is an indescribable experience.

You have to learn to live for yourself; not to just survive, but also to thrive. All while not having your parents to always fall back on. For some people, this becomes a problem. As for others, this is the start of an unforgettable era.

You know you chose the right college when you go home for the summer and then the entire time you are counting down the days until you can return.

There is just something so amazing about being able to live on your own. To top that off, getting to live with your friends makes it that much more the worthwhile.

To My Roommates,

I have so much I owe to you all from the bottom of my heart. You all were always by my side while we were laughing so hard that we could not breathe and more importantly my shoulders to cry on when I felt like my world was crashing down on me.

Thank you for all you have done-- dealing with me at my worst, always adventuring, acting like 5-year-olds in public places, constant laughter, singing/dancing terribly, and being some of the greatest friends I could ask for.

As this next year is approaching I start to think back on how much we have grown, not only as friends but as individuals as well. We started off feeling nervous and alone at new, unknown place. Together to we conquered the world and have become the people who we are today. I could not have done that without you all by my side.

Let me just say it now before the year even starts, I am sorry. I am sorry for all the times I am going to be a pain and you want to kick me out of the room because let’s face it, we know it is bound to happen. I am sorry for either having my room look like a tornado came through or making my room beyond OCD organized-- and nothing in between.

When I think about going to school I do not think about the hours spent sitting in a classroom. I think about the times we helped eachother out with projects. When I think about friendship I do not think about all the people who have left. I think about you guys because you stayed. When I think about all that I have done this past year. I think about how you all were by my side through it all. We lived each day together, literally, and I could not be happier to say that I was able to have you all by my side.

The memories we have already made are just the beginning of all our memories that are to come because I know I have found friends for life within you all.

Now, it is time to show this year what we are made of.

Love Always,

Your Roommate

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.


When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Four Quarters Will Always Be Better Than Ten Dimes, And I'm Not Talking About Spare Change

Quality over quantity any damn day.


"You would rather have four quarters than 10 dimes, 20 nickels, or 100 pennies," is a phrase that at first glance would seem to just be about money. But it actually contains a deeper meaning that could definitely serve as good advice when it comes to the friendships you have in your life.

As an ambivert, I have always found myself happier when I surrounded myself with a large group of friends. It gives you a sense of belonging, something that is a proven innate human desire. Having large groups can be fun, but they also equally have the chance of being toxic for you. There's no point in surrounding yourself with individuals if, at the end of the day, they don't make you happy. Often times you'll hang out with people just because you crave company, but not THEIR company. There is a very important distinction.

Don't let your loneliness or your desire for more friends allow you to be consumed into toxic friendships. Because I have been there and done that. Many times. It's not a fun experience. It took me time to learn, but I have learned the valuable lesson of less being more. When you eliminate extraneous beings from your life, you have more time to focus on your more important relationships and the most crucial one of all, the one you have with yourself.

I am very blessed to say that people that I am close to in my life genuinely care for me and my happiness because this was not always the case. It takes a lot of trial and error, and also greatly impacts your mental health, but finding the right friend group for you is definitely life-changing.

Choose your friends wisely, you don't want a wallet full of useless change.

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