A letter to the friends who haven’t left..

Hi friendos,

I just wanted to take the time to say thank you. Thank you for staying by my side through this chapter of my life. Whether you’ve been in my life for a month, a year, or 7 years, I want to give you a thousand hugs for being my friend.

Over the last year and a half, I have been struggling more than I would like to admit. I have had people leave my life in the most painful ways. I have been hurting constantly for this – so much that I often forget to thank the people in front of my face.

I deal with a handful of mental illnesses that you could probably guess and others you’d never know about. But that is irrelevant – because these friends of mine don’t see me any differently. They are patient. They are willing to listen and take the time to understand. They keep their phones on them at all hours just in case I need them. They repeat themselves many times just so I am reassured. They give me new music to listen to so I can focus on something else. They are my world.

I can’t go through and thank everyone individually – but you will know if it is about you.

Thank you for coming over and pulling me out of bed when I have been in a rut for days. Thank you for coming outside with me when I was on the verge of an anxiety attack and talking me through it. Thank you for always being there at 3 in the morning to slow my mind down. Thank you for letting me be a part of your family. Thank you for reminding me not to drink alcohol when we go out. Thank you for checking up on me with your crazy busy life. Thank you for spontaneous days going to explore oodles of record stores. Thank you for laughing with me until we can’t breathe. Thank you for teaching me about meditation. Thank you for always confirming I have my credit cards, my car is locked, and my garage is shut. Thank you for dumbing things down so I can understand. Thank you for supporting my decisions even when they go against the norm. Thank you for encouraging me to write. Thank you for always inviting me. Thank you for rescheduling plans when I don’t have the energy to go out. Thank you for looking past my imperfections and loving me through it.

Your support means everything to me. You are the reason I know it might be over soon. I am so blessed to have you in my life. I am so grateful. I love you guys. Thank you for not giving up on me.

Love always,


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