For anyone who knows me well...this is for you.
I wanted to thank you for all the help and kindness you have shown me, especially over the past year. Please know that you have made a lasting impression--an impression that will help make me a better friend and person.
You've helped me learn some valuable lessons about life and myself. I've learned to recognize some of the mistakes I've made so hopefully I won't repeat them in the future. I've learned to forgive others and myself for our mistakes and confusions...or at least forgive myself if I'm not quite ready to let go. I've learned to appreciate the little things because those make such a big difference in the day to day...and they are what I miss the most when they're gone. I've learned it's ok to say no. I can't make everyone happy all the time, especially at the expense of my own happiness. I've learned it's ok to be sad...there is no shame in crying. I've learned that it doesn't make me weak to ask for help. I've learned that even after heartache, I will open my heart completely and without hesitation to new love and happiness. I've learned what amazing friends I have that know me and love me despite my flaws. You have taught me how to find patience, forgiveness, and strength even in the moments when it feels like the floor has fallen out beneath me. You have helped me feel happier and freer than I have in years.
So to all of you...my sincerest thanks. I hope that someday I can be that voice of reason, that pillar of strength, that brutal honesty that will help keep you moving forward with hope. Love you all.