You Are Lovely and You Are Loved

The following is a letter to one of my dearest, most darling friends.

Dearest Friend,

I love you.  Fate and a mutual pal brought us together and I’m so thankful for that.  I had my reservations at first, you being a stranger and all, not to mention the stories that I’d heard of your shenanigans.  I needed someone to live with and so did you.  You came highly recommended though.  What was the worst that could possibly happen?

That was one hell of a year.

You brought me out of my shell.  You were so kind and open when I was very alone.  You included me.  You respected me.  You were one of the few good things in my life that first year that we knew each other.  It was during that year that you became someone who will be important to me forever.  I don’t think I’ve ever told you how much I appreciated your friendship during that time, but I did.  I still do.

You have such good stories and I’m so glad to be part of them.  Well, some of them, because girl, you have quite a few.  It’s because of you that I discovered that I have the ability to create my own.  To live them.  Maybe not as wild as yours, but you sure did love trouble (your words, not mine).  Life was crazy and you were wonderfully fun and young.

Let me remind you: you still are.

You are still wonderful and life is still crazy.  It always will be.  There’s never any rest.  You are an incredible human being and you have survived far worse.  I know that you know this, but I felt like reminding you.  You have an amazing support system of people who love you.  You’re an amazing friend, one of the few that I’m lucky to call my best.

There is this spark in you that draws others to you like moths to a flame.  I recognize you as a kindred spirit in that way.  But you burn far brighter than many realize.  Too often, you’re somehow the one who ends up burned.  It’s so unfair that someone so bright and fantastic has such misfortune, but I suppose that’s the way it goes.  You set the bar so high just because of who you are.  Few can measure up.

You will be ok.  I know you know that, but it’s always good to hear anyway, don’t you think?  Don’t let anyone stifle your flame.  Don’t settle.  I think that’s one of the hardest things in life, especially for people who shine as brightly as you.  It’s difficult, but you’re better than that.  You are not alone.  You will never be alone.

You are lovely and you are loved.  Always.

Love,

Me

 

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