This was the mantra that my instructor offered for our yoga practice tonight. It was quite inspiring, and especially supportive when she guided us to repeat this during our core work, as opposed to focusing on the core. However, I am a very lucky person: these three ideas have never been a question in my mind. Surrounding me has always been family and friends who tell me this constantly and make sure I feel it, too. So tonight, as I set my intention during my practice, I thought of my very best friend: Sarah.
My Dearest Sarah,
Before I met you, I am not sure that I truly knew what a best friend was. I had multiple people that I had considered a best friend, but it’s our relationship that makes me fully understand what a best friend is. There are no boundaries, nothing that cannot be said, no fight that cannot be fought through, and no distance that cannot be beaten.
Without question, you are the person I got to when I need the devil’s advocate and some hardcore honesty. You’ll tell me exactly what I need to hear, whether I want to or not, but you’ll make me still feel good about it, even when it’s bad. If I need a pick-me-up, all I need to ask for is a pep talk, and words instantly pour out of you, helping me get through the day. We’ve had our share of fights, even one that left us not talking, and you have no clue how happy I am we fought through that. Finally, we haven’t lived in the same town, jeez, for 8 out of 9 years of our friendship. Yet, here we are, the best of friends. But here’s the scary part: our distance is about to get a lot bigger since you are beginning a WONDERFUL adventure tomorrow. Though I know nothing will change, it’s hard to think that I won’t be able to text you and immediately get a response. So, this brings me back to my title.
You matter. You are important. You are loved. My very best friend, I know that we don’t talk often, and I’m not very good at staying in touch, but you need to know this. You matter to me, so very much. As I’m sitting here typing this, I am beginning to tear up, thinking about our years together and how we’ve both grown so much. You are so important. There isn’t another person that I am more honest with than you. Even when I float away, you are my rock, my cheerleader, my guide. And my dear, you are loved. Please, know that, I love you very much. Thank you so much, for being my very best friend.
I will be thinking of you often, sending you very good thoughts, and lots of strength to ENJOY and EXPERIENCE these next 6 months. You are taking risks that I know I could never take, and it is so inspiring. I hope that they are the best 6 months of your life. When you get a moment of peace, exploring all of those wonderful trails, please remember: You matter. You are important. You are loved.
I miss you so much, and cannot wait to hear about every single moment.