To Those Who Stood By Me Through Everything This Year

Another December means another ending of another year. And despite being excited for the promising year ahead, it’s important to reflect upon the hardships, lessons, and self-growth that occurred in the past year. Sure, it was another hard year, mentally and physically, with too many changes to count. But throughout the madness, what I realized is that I have a great support team around me that I need to be thankful for. 

So, this is a message to those who stood by me this year.

Thank you for being so patient with me in my moments of weakness, anger, frustration, self-doubt, and fear. Your patience allowed me to get what I needed out of my system all while allowing me to move on, knowing you’re still by my side. You also helped me put the pieces back together and mend my broken self. I didn’t have the urgency to do it for me but you did — and for that, I’m thankful. 

I sincerely thank you for making the difficult times so much easier to handle, to accept, and to get through. 

Thank you for letting me be vulnerable and honest without judgement. I never doubt in my mind that I can be open, but it still wasn’t easy. Your loyalty showed me I can continue to do it. Your reassurance that you’ll always be there has been comforting beyond words. 

Life is busy, but you’ve always made me a priority or showed me I matter if the timing didn’t work out. You’ve stuck around and been there at every mile of the journey, even if it was by text and not always in person. 

Thank you for continuing to celebrate the good. And for emphasizing the positive life changes. 

We’re at a scary stage of our lives where things can change at the drop of a hat. And you’ve always been ready to celebrate or help in any way you can to ensure the transitions are easy and flawless. 

You’ve also been my security blanket time and time again. For that, I will never be able to thank you enough. It’s hard to find loyal people and ones you can trust. I love you so much for that mutual respect and love. 

So here’s another message: thank you to the friends and family who loved me when I wasn’t so lovable.

There were definitely some moments I wasn’t the nicest. You’ve seen some ugly sides of me that are pretty embarrassing to admit at times. Yet, you kept it together and held me in place throughout the aggressive spiral. 

But most importantly, thank you for showing that our friendship will stand the test of time and that you’ll always be there for me like I’m there for you. Nothing can break our bond. And because of you, we will leave this year with great memories. 

From spontaneous adventures, trips around the world, nights cooped up in bed, and conversations filled with laughter so strong it took our breaths away. We did it all with smiles on our faces, tears in our eyes, and a hand to hold.

You are truly the light on my darkest days and the warm hug that I need in my coldest of moments. I don’t know how I could go through life without you in it and I’m very hopeful we can continue to work past things together. To say I’m grateful in this message is an understatement. 

May this next year bring more celebrations, success, milestones, and endless loads of laughter and happiness. But most importantly, may it bring us closer together and tighten our friendship even more.

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