I am grateful for you and the way you hold up the mirror and reflect back all that I cannot see. Without you my world would be dark. I would fall down the rabbit hole of despair and be unable to find my out. You walk along the path with me. You listen when I speak and you listen even deeper when I am silent. You know how I am feeling without me even saying a word. What a gift you are in my life.
As human beings we are our own worst critic. We pick every little thing apart about ourselves, things we never would pick apart to a good friend or even a stranger. So why do we do it to ourselves?
You remind me of the good I hold. You invite me to slow down, take a step back, and see with fresh eyes what is really right below the surface. You show me that I do have much to offer and you help me to not doubt myself.
Together we laugh so hard that tears stream down our cheeks. We jump in the car and hit the road not sure of where we are going but enjoying every moment of the adventure. You show up with chicken noodle soup when I am sick. You climb the stairs with advil in hand when I can't bear to move a muscle out of bed. You bring with you joy, love, and comfort. You remind me again and again that I am not alone and you always reach out your hand. You understand how hard it can be to ask for help so you don't wait, you just come right in.
You have helped me create a lifetime of memories that fill my heart with happiness. You have seen me at my very best and at my worst. You never once judged me even when you should have. You accepted my mishaps and mistakes and helped me find my way back to myself. You told me when I needed to knock it off, buck up, and just forget about it already. Your honesty is what has helped me through.
You have been a shoulder to lean on and someone I could call on anytime night or day. You knew me back when before so many scars, before so much pain, before I made so many mistakes, but also before so many incredible memories, happiness, and joy. You knew me then and loved me and know me today and still continue to love me.
I am grateful for YOU. For your wide open heart and incredible friendship. Life would not be what it is today if you were not here traveling this adventure with me. I want you to know how much you mean to me and how bright your light shines in this world.
Thank you for the hugs. Thank you for the laughter. Thank you for always listening. Thank you for the walks and the coffee dates. Thank you for everything! I adore YOU!