I have met some absolutely incredible people throughout my life, some are my best friends and others are people I know I will always be able to rely on. Some of these friends I met a few months ago when my "adult life" kicked off and others are college friends. But I must say, none compare to the wonderful, beautiful friends I have from Charleston, West Virginia - my hometown heroes. So, with that being said... This one's for you.
I left home when I was 16 in an attempt to start my life over. I had no idea that the friendships I left behind in hopes of finding new ones, would be the ones that are still prominent in my life. I'm overwhelmed with thankfulness for you all and the integral role you've played in my life, especially over the last year.
One thing I've realized is that I spend too much of my time apologizing to random people for random things, but I don't spend enough time saying "thank you" to the people who deserve to hear it. I know this won't make up for all the thank you's I owe you, but I hope this puts into perspective how much you really mean to me.
My favorite memories from 3-years-old to now include you. It's a special bond that we share because it never goes away. We could goes years without talking (which I hope never happens) and our reunion would feel like nothing has changed. I laugh the loudest, cry the hardest, and get to be myself when I'm with you. It's truly the best feeling ever knowing that you have friends who are more like family that you can always rely on for anything and everything.
Life is really crazy, and it seems to get crazier and crazier with each passing day. I find myself doing really stupid stuff or making really big mistakes and you're always there to laugh about it, hand me a coffee and advil, and tell me I'm stupid but I'll be ok. You understand that sometimes I need to drive around for 3 hours in a circle around town just to figure out what's going on in my head and you're the first ones I call when I want to do something adventurous (even if I know you'll say no).
We all meet people who play important roles in our lives for a short time, but then there's others who we get the privilege and honor to keep forever -- and I'm really thankful that I get you. I could probably say a lot more, but I want you to actually read this and not get bored, so be prepared for a handwritten letter from me in your mailbox.
Thank you for putting up with me and always being readily available to offer a couch, a good time, or a movie night. Thank you for supporting me in all my endeavors and being my #1 fans. Thank you for showing me true friendship and beating the odds that going out of state for college ruins your relationship with your hometown friends.
Here's to crazy adventures when we're 80 and thriving. I love you,