This tribute is long overdue. There are so many things I want to thank you for, and I’m sure I’m going to still be missing some by the end of this tribute. But here is a small token of my gratitude for just being by my side in this life and making it all worthwhile.
Thank you first of all for accepting me and loving me for exactly who I am. This isn’t easy. I can be stubborn, difficult and confusing, but you love and accept me for me. There are days I wonder when you’ll finally come to your senses and move on and find a new friend, one who isn’t so complicated, but to my amazement, you never do. You tell me you’ll take the good with the bad, and when I question whether I have any good left, you’re always there to reassure me and show me that I do. Thank you for loving me in my dorky and difficult moments, moments where if the rest of the world saw them, they’d probably walk away. Thank you for understanding me like no one else does; if we didn’t have the connection we did, I can’t imagine how lonely and big this world would feel. Because of you, this world seems like a little friendlier place, one I can see myself being a part of.
So many people say that they have the absolute best friend but I know that cannot be true, because the very best one is mine. It's not very common to find someone who hates you at first, but develops into the person that means more to you than any other. And you are that person for me. Since we've been friends, there has not been a single day in which we did not have contact with each other. There's always something too exciting or hilarious happening that needs to be shared with the other. Thank you making me laugh so hard that I cry, and also making me laugh when I want to cry. Thank you for letting our friendship be known. There is nothing I value more than my relationship with you, and it seems that everyone knows that.
Thank you for sticking by my side, even if we don't see each other as much as we did before, and for never forgetting about me. I appreciate that more than you could ever know.
Thank you for listening to bad news that I was not supposed to share with anyone, but I still shared with you. Thank you for understanding that sometimes things are warped in my head, but that I will soon realize how crazy I sound. Thank you for letting our friendship be known. There is nothing I value more than my relationship with you, and it seems that everyone knows that.
Thank you for being my biggest fan. Besides my family, you are my biggest supporter, and I know that when I win, you win, and when you win, I win. In this battle we call life, it doesn’t matter who’s in my opponents corner, because I know I am always going to have you in mine, and that’s the best asset I could ever ask for. You encourage me to chase my dreams like no one else does, and I can tell that you sincerely hurt when I hurt — not many people care about me in such a deep way. Whatever crazy dream I tell you I’m going to chase after next, you believe I can do it, even when the rest of the world thinks I’m crazy for even suggesting it. When something good happens, you’re the first person I want to tell, and when something bad happens, you’re the first one I go to for support.
Thank you for being a spark, a light in my life that no matter how dark the world around us gets, is always there to light my way and show me the way home. Thank you for laughing with me when God blesses us with a funny moment, and crying with me when God is trying to tell me something. Thank you for standing beside me in the greatest of moments and the darkest of hours. Thank you for being the one I share my fondest memories with: all the nights we stayed up really late, all the exciting adventures we went on and all the inside jokes we still laugh about today. Thank you for growing up with me; for being there every step of the way and creating some of my happiest moments with me. Thank you for all the memories I've shared with you, and I can't wait for what crazy adventure we're going to go on next.
So thank you for accepting me, loving me, and supporting me. Thank you for being your wonderful self, and thank you for being there for me, through thick and thin, even when I'm at my lowest. Thank you for shining your brilliant light into my life and illuminating my world.
I don't know where you came from, or even how we managed to find each other: seven billion people, and you're my favorite. The truth is, you might not be my past - but you're my present. And my future. The truth is, none of this would make any sense without you. We fit together like puzzle pieces. I don't think any of us are meant to walk this world alone, and I'm so lucky it's you I get to have by my side. Near or far, you'll always have a special place in my heart. The fact is, I'd do anything for you.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I love you. Friendship is one of the most rewarding things life has to offer, and I refuse to take it for granted. I refuse to take you for granted. You, my best friend, my partner-in-crime. Even when all I can see is the worst in me, you still see the best. You remind me of who I am, and who I want to be. You make me a better person. And while the world might tremble at the sight of the two of us (because, honestly, together we're a force to be reckoned with), I know there's no one I'd rather laugh and cry with.
Thank you. For being you. For being the most wonderful best friend I could ever ask for. For agreeing - albeit silently - to be part of my crazy life.