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To The Friends Who Never Let Distance Come Between Us

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To the friends who forgive us when we don’t talk to them every day like we used to. To the ones who support us and our decisions even if it means being far away from them. To the friends who want to see us shine and encourage us to go after our dreams.

Thank you for loving us as we grow and evolve. Thank you for letting us know that you’ll always be there and that we can come back to you whenever we want. Thank you for giving us a home to run to when the world gets cold. Thank you for being our shelter from the storms.

To the friends who show us that distance doesn’t matter if the love is real. The friends who put all these distance clichés to shame. The friends who make us feel like we don’t have to be physically around them to feel their love.

Thank you for not letting distance come between us. Thank you for being there for us when we need to talk even if it means waking up at an unreasonable hour to hear us out.

Thank you for proving to us time and time again that we chose wisely. We chose the real forever people. We chose the people who will stay in our lives no matter where we go, how we change or what we do. Thank you for loving all versions of us. We wouldn’t have made it without you.

To the friends who make us smile every morning when we read their messages or see their videos or hear their voice notes. To the friends who find ways to make us experience their important moments with them. The ones who FaceTime us on their wedding day or send us snaps from their birthday or tag us in group pictures we can’t be in. To the ones who let us know one way or another that we’re missed and we’re never forgotten. To the ones who let us know that we’re remembered because distance hasn’t changed a thing and it never will.

Distance is hard but you make it easier. You make it worthwhile. You make coming back home something to look forward to instead of something to dread. You make home a pretty place no matter how crazy it really is or what’s happening there. You’re our roots and we can’t live without you.

Thank you for your loyalty. Thank you for your love. Thank you for reserving the space we left instead of replacing us. Thank you for letting everyone know that no one can take our place. That this is our spot. This is where we belong. This is our playground. This is our home.

Distance is just temporary but you are forever. Thank you for making us feel safe about our future knowing that you will always be in it. Thank you for making us feel like we never even left. TC mark

Rania Naim

Writing. Living. Loving. Dreaming. Healing. Evolving.

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