Dearest Best Friend,

January 25, 2017

Dearest Best Friend,

You're the most beautiful thing I have ever laid my eyes on. It wasn't that long ago that we met...
We were less awkward then,
but we were also uglier then.
I guess that's the trade-off.
The annoying thing is that you were still so so beautiful back then; you were strong and elegant and perfect. You still are. You annoyingly always will be.

My dearest best friend, you are so intelligent. You are poetic and charming and in tune with your world. You are so good at what you do, and I honestly just wish I could wrap my arms around you every day and tell you how proud I am of you. I hope that someone does it for you when I can't. You deserve it, best friend.

It may be cliche, my dear friend, but I don't know what I would do without you. You are there for me when I forget how to talk to boys (which happens a lot more often than I would like to admit). You are there for me when I have questions about make-up. You are there for me when I'm hurting, even when I haven't been a very good friend to you. I wouldn't be afloat still if it weren't for you. You have kept me sane and strong. 

Oh dear friend, how I've loved watching us grow together. Time has changed us both, but we have chosen to remain side-by-side. You have been my rock more than anyone else. You could blackmail me with secrets, but luckily, I know enough of yours to do the same if you ever get the nerve — so don't you dare.

I hope you are happy, my best friend. I hope you are truly, perfectly happy. I know that it seems you are always getting beaten down by life and that you never feel any joy. I know people are dumb and school sucks and the only things you can rely on are dogs. That's okay! Just don't forget to rely on me sometimes too.

My dearest, you are stronger than you think. Look how far you've come. Look how far you've helped me come. You are my biggest example by far. You are kind and gentle, yet tough and opinionated. You are more talented than you will ever realize. If I become half the person that you are, I will be happy.

I miss you, dear. I miss movie nights and eating pizza and laughing so much that I got a six pack (this is a joke, I don't think I'll ever have a six pack (unless it's a six pack of soda lol (nice one, McKay))). I miss singing along to boy band music with you and your messy hair when you wake up in the morning. I miss your family — our family, really — and thinking we had real problems back then.

Growing up has been so scary, my dear best friend. Even when we're close, we're far away. We are both busy. There are (unfortunately) other people in our lives. We have to mature and get jobs and figure out adulthood. But I still need you; I need you at 22 and I'll need you at 72. I will need you until forever.

My darlingest friend, thank you for everything. Thank you pretending I didn't fart that one time. Thank you for encouraging me to do whatever dumb thing I think I can do. Thank you for fighting with me when I need it but loving me unconditionally still. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

You are lovely, friend. You are what this world needs. You are going to do so much and I cannot wait to watch you go through it all. I am always here for you, even if I don't seem like it; you were always the better friend, but that won't stop me from trying (I am competitive, as you know). We have made it this far so you're not allowed to leave me now. You lost your chance long ago. 

You're my best friend. I truly love everything about you, even if I want to punch you in the face 12% of the time. Never forget how much I adore you. Never forget how many hugs are awaiting you and how much space you hold in my heart. But also, never forget me if you become famous and part of Taylor Swift's girl squad, because you know I will share that previously-mentioned blackmail with the paparazzi. Even then, I'll love you forever, my dearest best friend.

With love and secrets forever and always,
Your Best Friend

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