This year has been a year none of us could have ever imagined. I have spent a lot of time checking in and reconnecting with my friends all over the world and recently, it really got me thinking just how incredible my friends are, and just how lucky I am to have a varied group of friends that care about me. And just because I love my friends so much and appreciate everything that they do for me, I’ve decided to write an open thank you letter to my friends!
Words cannot begin to even describe how grateful I am having found such an amazing group of people to call my friends. There’s something about every single friendship that makes me feel like I am the luckiest girl in the world. For a long time, I was a loner. I didn’t fit in. I tried so hard to ‘blend’ into friend groups and be ‘accepted’ by my peers. All I wanted was to feel like I belonged somewhere. It wasn’t until I went to college that I learnt I was never meant to fit into just one stereotype of a group. College was where I learnt what friendship really meant. And to those friends from college, please know I wouldn’t have been able to survive without having you in my life. You brought me to life.
I am who I am because of each and everyone of you being by my side, through the good, and the hell of bad times I go through. You all push me to be my best self. You remind me of who I am and get me back up on my feet again. You have more faith in me than I do myself sometimes. You lift me up when I am too weak to hold myself up. You make me smile, even on my worst days when all I want to do is cry. You don’t get embarrassed when I got into full dance mode on a night on and start dance battles, or when I go into full fangirl mode. You don’t criticise my wacky hair colours. You don’t shy away when I wear an ‘out there’ outfit or speak my very liberal mind and could almost get us in trouble. I know I can be ‘too much’ sometimes in every sense but you never walk away or put me down. You accept me. You make me feel strong and capable of facing whatever battle is in front of me. Each and every one of you make me feel like I belong in your company and that is something I’ll never be able to say thank you enough for.
I can’t even come close to finding all the words I need to describe how much I appreciate all of you in my life, where ever you are in the world.
You saved me when I badly needed saving.
So here is to every single one of you that I call my friend. I’m so happy to have a such crazy, diverse, funny, kind, supportive, accepting and most of all, loving bunch of friends. I don’t know what I ever done to have ye in my life but I’m very grateful that I do. Ye are all a sound and class bunch of people and I love you, always.