When we first met, if someone would have told them we would be as close as we are today, I am not sure I would have believed them. See, your confidence intimidated me. You knew what you wanted and you went after it. You were blunt, guarded, and I thought we were like oil and water, but BOY WAS I WRONG. You went from the person I was intimidated by, to my very best friend in the entire world. Friendship doesn’t even begin to define it. You truly are the sister I never had, and one of the very best things that has ever happened to me. I truly believe that people’s paths cross for a reason, and that everyone has a specific purpose to play. Some hurt us to teach us lessons, while others love us and make us whole again. People seem to come and go in my life and because I love hard, and don’t know how to love any other way, loosing friends is always hard, but you never left. Through thick and thin, you have showed me the definition of unconditional love. Love is not always unicorns and roses. Love is hard. Love is transparent. Love is Honest. Love is generous. Love is forgiving. YOU are one of the greatest gifts I have ever received. You have helped me to become the woman I am today, and have stood with me in the murky water i have called life recently, when so many others have bailed. Sometimes I wonder why I even deserve you as a friend.
You have had more of an impact on me than I could ever begin to tell you. You have one of the most generous hearts of anyone I know. You give even when you have nothing else to give. You give of your time. You You give of your money. You do things that seem so small to you, but to the people on the receiving end, there is no measure of what it means to them. You tell people the truth even when it is hard to hear because you want the very best for them. I’ve been on the end of that truth, more than a few times, and in the moment it stings, mostly because I know its true and there are things in my life I need to change. Looking back though, I wouldn’t trade those moments of truth for all the superficial fun in the world. Your laugh and smile radiate energy and people want to be around you. You are loved by so many people and have a “family” that stretches far beyond even what I think even you can see. Your heart is full of compassion for others and it is completely obvious to anyone who knows you, even just a little bit.
My parents always taught me to leave things better than you found them, and have done that for me. You have taught me to believe in myself. You have made me see my strengths when all I could see were my weaknesses. You saw potential in me when I was ready to give up. You never let me quit. You didn’t put up with the pity parties that I wanted to have sometimes. You listened and were a shoulder to cry on when I needed it. You heard me with your heart even when my mouth didn’t have the words to say. You taught me not to settle for what was good enough, but to listen to my heart. You gave me tough love when I needed truth and held my hand when i needed support.
You know me better than anyone else. You know all my deepest darkest secrets. You know my insecurities and what makes me laugh until I cant breathe. You know what I am thinking just by looking at me or even when my texting goes quiet. You know the things that make me angry and when my anger will turn to tears. When I loose faith in myself you show me what I can’t see. When I loose my ability to see the big picture you remind me of all the things I have to be grateful for. You are the first person to remember to text me when you know I am struggling and the one who will send out the Calvary if I don’t let you know I got home okay. You have made me apart of your family. You refuse to let me doubt myself. You constantly push me to go one step farther to be what you know I am capable of being.
The truth is … a lot of times, I am hard to love. I don’t want to see the truth that lies ahead of me. I settle for something far less than what I deserve. Sometimes don’t want to be faced with reality, because reality hurts. The pain of getting out of the cycle of bad decisions can be hard, and most friends would just “support me” for what I “want”. But I realize how blessed I am to have you … who sees me not for what others see me as but as what I am, but also what you know I have the potential to be.
I love the days when we laugh until our sides hurt, the adventures where if we may die, at least we are going to do it together, and even the days where we fight hard but love harder, even then, I know in the end it only makes us stronger. No one on this earth will ever have my back the way you do. Whenever I need you you are always there. You are constant. You are the definition of what a best friend should be,
I really am the Thelma to your Louise !!!! 🙂
You are beautiful inside and out, and I just hope that everyone in this world is able to experience the kind of love and friendship you have shown me. I hope that one day I will be half the woman you are. Thank you for always being my person, and NEVER Leaving!