10 Things To Thank Our Closest Friends For Before The Year Ends

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God & Man

1. Thank you for celebrating my accomplishments and achievements.

Nothing I could ever do would mean nearly as much if I didn’t have you to share it with, and there isn’t anyone who I would want standing beside me.

2. Thank you for holding me up during my worst moments.

Just like anyone else, I had my share of dark days, and you were the ones with a shoulder to lean on and an ear to listen- and occasionally the tough love I needed to get back up again. You were the only reason I made it through those times and I can’t thank you enough.

3. Thank you for listening to me go on and on about that person I had a crush on.

Did they stay? Did they go? It doesn’t really matter, because either way you were still willing to lay on the floor with me while I rambled on about their smile or their witty banter in a text message- even though you had much better things you could’ve done with your time.

4. Thank you for experiencing new things with me.

Whether we traveled to a brand new place, or just changed up the routine from our usual, thank you for stepping out with me and making new memories that we can look back on.

5. Thank you for reminding me of where we’ve been.

You’ve stayed by my side for so long, and sometimes it’s a reminder of the people we used to be. We may cringe at the thought, but we can also see how much we’ve grown and become more like the people we aspired to be- and you’ve been right there to motivate me.

6. Thank you for pushing me to where I want to go.

You’ve never let me give up on my dreams, goals, and crazy ideas even when no one else encouraged me. You’ve always known the kind of person I’ve wanted to become, and you do everything you can to keep me moving in that direction.

7. Thank you for forgiving me when I hurt you.

Maybe it was accidental, maybe I let my worst moments get the best of me- it doesn’t really matter, because hurting you is the last thing I’d ever want to do. I’m thankful that you remember I’m human and make mistakes- and that you can accept my heartfelt apologies and forgive me in the end.

8. Thank you for reminding me that I am someone worthy of love.

I don’t always make the best decisions, and I am not always kind to myself. Thank you for reminding me that despite my flaws and mistakes, I shouldn’t settle for anyone who doesn’t fully love me- that I deserve that, even when I don’t think so.

9. Thank you for seeing the best in me.

I will always be my own worst critic, but you have always been my number one cheerleader and supporter. You have never failed to point out my positive qualities when all I can do is see that opposite. You see the best in me, and you bring out every time we are together, and I couldn’t imagine life without you beside me.

10. Thank you just being here, this year and every year.

I don’t think I could begin to express just how much better my life has been with you in it, and I refuse to imagine the future any differently. TC mark

Lacey Ramburger

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