As the year draws to a close, we tend to take time out to reflect on the last 300 or so days. It can be encouraging to see all of the great accomplishments that have been achieved or a time of inspiration to never, ever have a year that awful again. For those lucky enough, there are people surrounding us around this time of year. This may include family, significant others, or even that weird fellow that lives across the street. Perhaps the most important folks to be around are your friends. They are not limited to one type and they may be blood relation or from distant lands. Thank goodness for all of these friends we have the opportunity to meet, hang out with, and create new memories with.
Friend from Elementary School: Thanks for being there when we had awesome end of the year parties and calling me on the landline telephone every school night to talk about nothing and everything.
Friend from High School: Thanks for not being so caught up in the status quo and still hanging out with me even after I order stupid beverages (i.e. Pineapple Dr Pepper)
Friend that you worked with, but never see anymore because you live far away and still send Gifs to: Thanks for being generally awesome, challenging me to be a better person, creating memories with me, and understanding how I function as a new adult
Friend that is also related to you: THANK YOU FOR UNDERSTANDING THE PEOPLE WE ARE RELATED TO AND NOT BEING CRAZY
Friend that is your parent: Thanks for raising me and being a parent first and a friend second
Friend that you live with and annoy with your loud tooth brushing habits: Thanks for not killing me and being such an understanding person, I know I can be hard to live with at times
Friend that goes along with your antics: Thanks for not writing me off after I stopped being socially acceptable around you
Friend that thinks I never think about them: I do. I still know you exist. I am still your friend and time will never change that.
Honorable Mention Friends: You are awesome too.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Tell your friends.
Chelsea Bolt is a Indigo Sea Press author of the young adult novel Moonshine. For more information check out these sites: