Best kind.

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I absolutely love those friends you haven’t talked to in months or years and when you do, you go back.

Back to that time in your life when you were close.

I throughly enjoy that I have people I played volleyball with or was friends with that never really stopped being my friend.

Sure they aren’t in my everyday life, but I would still drop everything for those people.

Those friendships I know in 20 years I’ll still be able to call them up and go to lunch with them.

That is the best kind of friend.

CR.

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There is a lot of points in my life that mean different things to me. Days that everything changed, moments where I felt like I finally figured it out.

But nothing will ever compare to Costa Rica.

That trip, I finally found me.

It took a little to realize it and it may have only been in retrospect.

However, that journey taught me more about friendship, independence, love, happiness, and myself more than anything in my life has ever been able to do.

It was a wake up call and a realization that I am my own person.

I have always loved to travel and am so blessed to have seen what I have.

That trip though, it was more than that.

Pura Vida.

18 and naive

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Dear 18 year old self,

You finally ended high school. I know you could not wait to get out of there, too many years with the same people. Remember who your true friends are, three of them will still be texting you, snapchatting (you’ll understand in a few years), and being there for you. Don’t take their silence during the semester as they don’t want to see you on breaks. You’ll be the first person they text.

I know you’re in love but in a few years, you’ll realize that even though he’s a great guy, he isn’t the one for you. You’ll learn that once again later in college. Heartbreak sucks. It’ll take a while to get over and you won’t even know who you are. It is okay. You’ll find yourself. You’ll make A LOT of mistakes, don’t regret them. Don’t regret them because you have awful judgmental friends. Right in the prime of your heartbreak- you’ll meet the best friend you’ll ever have. She’ll surprise you, make you laugh, and always be there for dressing up and going out. Always.

Physics is going to suck- don’t worry about it too much. You’ll manage the rest of college just fine. You will eventually get an iPhone! Congrats, enjoy mom’s flip phone after you break your current one. Teaching is where you are supposed to be. Even those days when you’re not sure- you’ll learn soon enough you couldn’t do anything else with your life.¬†Freshman and sophomore year you will have an amazing roommate. Don’t take her for granted, she won’t always be around.

Don’t judge a book by its cover. People will surprise you. You will surprise you.

My most important advice: Live it up. It is over before you know it. It is okay to stay out late, it’s okay the spend that money, its okay to kiss that boy. Don’t regret a thing.

I’m proud of who you are and you are going to love this roller coaster we go through called college.

With love,

You at 22.

Take them as they are.

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People are who they are and they want what they want. The only person who can change a person is themselves. Once you realize that, everything is much easier. You’ll stop wasting your time trying to change people and their opinions. You’ll stop getting in their business and giving them advice they never asked for. You have your values and beliefs, what if a friend came into your life and tried to change them? You wouldn’t be very happy. Every person is unique. They are who they are for many reasons. Don’t try to change that. Take them for who they are, not who you think they are or who you want them to be. They aren’t those things anyways. Don’t expect them to change themselves for you or for anyone but themselves. Take people as they are, broken, raw, unique, and beautiful.

Mind your own business.

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I think sometimes people don’t understand the meaning of being a friend. If someone is happy, what makes someone think they can tell them what they are doing is wrong? I understand that all people have their opinions, but forcing them onto your friend? Its one thing to voice your opinion, its another to start drama over it. I think every person’s life is their choice. They decide what makes them happy and ultimately, nobody else really has a say. I think people get too wrapped up in their thoughts to take a second and step back. If your friend is happy, why are you the one upsetting them over something? Especially when that something isn’t any of your business.

My most true friends are the ones who I know will accept me and love me and never judge me for anything I do. I have two people in my life that I can truly say that about. And you know what, they are the only two people I really tell anything to. Because they understand that I am who I am and being my friend means accepting me for that. They never try to change me. They, while they tell me their takes and opinions, never force them on me or expect me to agree with them. They realize my life is mine. 

I know friendships are about making the other person better. However, sometimes the only person who can know whats good for them is them. If they aren’t getting hurt and they are happy, who are you to step in? If they and all the people involved did nothing wrong, how is it your place to tell them what makes them happy isn’t right?

Friendship

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I have always been a firm believer that it is better to have a few good friends than a bunch of okay friends. I think it has always just been a way for me to justify the lack of friends I have.

I realize its my fault. I come off guarded, there are very few people who understand me enough that I feel comfortable around. I think my inability to let people in has left me with very few good friends.

Don’t get my wrong, the friends I have are the best I could ever ask for. That is also part of the problem, I don’t accept anything but the best. Unless you’re a true and good friend, I don’t really care to be your friend.

All and all, the days and nights that I do end up sitting home alone, they’re my fault. Half because I enjoy being alone, half because I can’t figure out how to hold onto many friendships.

I’m a kind person, I’m a lot of fun to be around, and I’m a good friend. Its not that I don’t have anything to offer. It has been like this my entire life. I thank the wonderful friends I do have for putting up with me.

But sometimes, I can’t help but wish I had more people. Or the people I do have would have time or would like to hang out with me as much as I do them.

I need to learn to let people in.

A Reason

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I truly believe every single person is or has been in my life for a reason. There is a reason some people have come and gone, and a reason some have stayed. There is a reason I fell in love with him. There is a reason he was the only person who has ever truly seen me. There is a reason it didn’t last. It was never supposed to. He taught me more things about myself and life and love that I could ever explain. I’ve had boys come into my life to show me exactly what I don’t want, and exactly what I do want. I’ve had friends that have come in and showed me many things too. I’ve learned that I’ll be friends with anyone, even if they aren’t a good friend. I’m finally learning what it means to have a good friend. I’ve been shown what it means to have really shitty ones too.

There have been a lot of people who have left my life. They were here for only a flash or a very long time. But they’re no longer in my life. This has come from many different reasons. Whether it be time, space, fights, growing apart, growing up, growing different, they’re not in my life anymore. I’ll always miss them. And their memories. But there is a reason they were here when they were and why they aren’t here anymore. I guess thats the hardest part. Accepting that they aren’t here for a reason. Or that you really miss who they used to be. You don’t know them anymore, you can’t miss them.

Then there are the people who entered your life and have never left. Whether they are in my daily life or we fade in and out, there are a select few people who have proven to me that they will never be going anywhere. I don’t have that with many people, I never have.

Sometimes I see friendships of mine that have ended, and I blame myself. Or that person. Its nobody’s fault. We grew apart. It happens. It doesn’t mean I’m a bad friend or they are a bad friend. It is what it is.

I think the same can be said for love. I’m lucky to have felt what its like to be in love. I also know what it feels like to fall out of love. And I can’t figure out how to be okay with that. But I just have to remember that every single person has come into my life, and left, for a reason.