We all meet people in our life who, whether we realize it or not, shape us into the people we are. However, there are some people in our life who we are well aware of how much they have influenced our lives and assisted us in becoming the people we are today.
One of my best friends is one of the people I'm very happy I met. We met in sixth grade, when I was young and dumb, and had a pretty narrow perspective on many things. However, throughout the course of the year, we became friends, and I gradually became more open-minded. Here is an open letter to her:
I could tell you were afraid of failing when I first met you. I knew you scrutinized every step you took and deliberated over every detail of your life. But as I got closer to you, I noticed you striving to find joy in your minor achievements. I saw you try things and fail, just to discover your passion for something else, something better. I've noticed you acknowledging the past while remaining focused on the present. You were aware that the past is something you cannot change. You taught me to concentrate on today, on the "me" that I can alter rather than the "me" that I was. You taught me a lot of new stuff and a lot about myself. I learnt what it meant to be brave, not care what other people thought, and to stand up for myself. I grew more aware of the world around me, as well as more open-minded about subjects I wasn't previously open-minded about.
I've learned to ask questions. I've been inspired to make things, think about things, and do things I've never done before. You brought happiness into my life, as well as hard words and crucial lessons, all when they were required. You molded me into a better person, one that I am proud of today, and I wouldn't be who I am now if it weren't for you.
I'm grateful you taught me to appreciate myself. You were correct in believing that other people cannot love you if you do not love yourself. Our flaws are what set us apart, and won't go away even if we pull ourselves apart because of them. Picking off the petals of a flower does not cause it to grow. There were times when you convinced me that self-love is the most important kind of love, and that when you love yourself, others will love you even more. It's difficult, but that's life.
You showed me that I am worthy of love, and as a result, I owe you so much. I wouldn't be who I am without you, and I am grateful for all that you’ve done for me. I know we grew apart, but you are still my best friend and I will always care for you and hope you live the life you deserve. You helped me so much.
Thank you for that, and I hope we can rekindle our friendship.