A Letter To The People Of My Past

A Letter To The People Of My Past

Dear boy who made me cry, not a lot of people know about you so I'm sure my family is going to have a blast reading this one.

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Once upon a time, I knew you and you knew me. We may have been friends, we may have dated, you may have just been that random person that I met that one day and always talked to but never knew your name.

Doesn't matter. This gist is, I'm not the same person that you knew.

Everyone always says to leave toxic people in your past. But what are you supposed to do if you were the toxic one? Some friendships I'd like to build and I don't know how. Some just need a little bit of closure. I guess we can start with a little letter.

So dear childhood best friend that I never talk to anymore, I genuinely hope the best for you. I know you are super smart and are definitely going places in life that I can't even fathom. I know you are talented beyond measure and it's probably only grown with age. You may never see this, but I wanted to let you know that I think of you often and regret the things that pulled us apart in the end. I regret that even attempts to hang out, to be friends again haven't had quite the connect I was hoping for. I knew you. I don't anymore. Best of luck.

Dear my friends I left behind, yes I know who you are when you reply to my mass snap. Yes, I very much wish that we had kept in touch and that we could have been close friends. I apologize for the times I was rude, the times it seemed like I didn't care and for not picking up that phone when I had the opportunity.

Dear boy who made me cry, not a lot of people know about you so I'm sure my family is going to have a blast reading this one. You meant a lot to me and were there when I needed you to be and I could never thank you enough. I'm sorry for the things that I said and I know you say it's fine but I ruined friendships in this process, too. I also hope the best for you because you taught me a lesson I needed to learn. I know that you're going places, you have dreams and you are reaching higher than I ever will. I know that you're happy, and even though I'm slightly salty, it makes me happy too.

I've grown up in the last couple of years and I'm very much a different person. If you knew me in middle school (I'm genuinely sorry you had to see that) or high school, you have to meet me all over again.

Hello, my name is Jade. You are?

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A Letter To My Freshman Dorm Room As I Pack Up My Things

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Dear Geary 411,

With your creaky beds, concrete walls, and mismatched tile floors, you are easily overlooked as just another room we were randomly assigned to— but you were different. Inside your old walls, I have made some of the best memories of my life that I will hold on to forever.

Thank you for welcoming my neighbors in with open arms who quickly became friends who didn't knock and walked in like you were their own.

I feel like an apology is needed.

We're sorry for blaring the music so loud while getting ready and acting like we can actually sing when, in reality, we know we can't. Sorry for the dance parties that got a bit out of control and ended with us standing on the desks. Sorry for the cases of the late-night giggles that came out of nowhere and just would not go away. Sorry for the homesick cries and the "I failed my test" cries and the "I'm dropping out" cries. We're sorry for hating you at first. All we saw was a tiny and insanely hot room, we had no idea what you would bring to us.

Thank you for providing me with memories of my first college friends and college experiences.

As I stand at the door looking at the bare room that I first walked into nine months ago I see so much more than just a room. I see lots and lots of dinners being eaten at the desks filled with stories of our days. I see three girls sitting on the floor laughing at God knows what. I see late night ice cream runs and dance battles. I see long nights of homework and much-needed naps. Most importantly, I look at the bed and see a girl who sat and watched her parents leave in August and was absolutely terrified, and as I lock you up for the last time today, I am so proud of who that terrified girl is now and how much she has grown.

Thank you for being a space where I could grow, where I was tested physically, mentally and emotionally and for being my home for a year.

Sincerely,

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What I Wish I Knew About Life After High School Before I Had To Live It

Life after high school isn't always what you expected it to be.

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So you're about to graduate high school and you think you have it all figured out. You and your best friends are going to stay close throughout college and you're going to take those long road trips in college to see each other. Think again.

Life after high school isn't always what you want it to be. You think you'll miss high school, you'll always be close with your high school besties, and you'll have all this free time in college. That's just not entirely true. I personally do not miss high school. I don't really talk to anyone I went to high school with on a regular basis, and I'm totally OK with that. I have friends in college that I believe will be my lifelong friends whereas my friends in high school didn't make an effort to keep in contact with me after high school.

I haven't had all the free time I've dreamed of in college, because I'm busy with school and meetings. When I'm not doing homework, I'm making sure the rest of my life is in order and all my stuff for school is in line. I'm not the crazy party girl that people think I am because of where I go to school. I'd rather sit in bed and watch Netflix than go out with my friends. I'm not a 4.0 student, but I work so hard in my classes just to make sure that I'm passing. I study a week before tests and still don't always make A's. And that's OK. It's not what I expected during my college years, but it's what's happening, and most of my friends are the same way.

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College won't be exactly what you dreamed it'll be, but it'll be some of the best years of your life.

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