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To the amazing people who have shared their time with me, cheers! Whether we’ve parted amicably or not, let me thank you. For without your part in my life, my journey wouldn’t have turned out the way it is now.
To My First Ever Best Friend
I cried buckets when I woke up (late) that morning and found your letter in our mailbox. I wasn’t able to say good bye to you or hug you for one last time. I really wish we were able to keep our communication line open but it was a different time back then. Snail mails are, well, really slow and unreliable (at least in my part of the world). I haven’t forgotten you. And I still miss you.
You taught me the importance of nurturing friendships.
To My First Crush
Thank you for all the kilig moments in my childhood. I think I owe my stalking skills to you.
To The First Teacher Who Believed in Me
When I was younger, I always thought of myself as a follower and not a leader. You thought otherwise. Thank you for pushing me out of my comfort zone. Because of you, I learned that it doesn’t matter what a hundred people think. For as long as there is one soul who believes in you and is willing to fight for you, then you shouldn’t be afraid to take risks or responsibilities.
To My First Broken Heart
We were young and in love with the thought of being in love. Thank you for teaching me a very important lesson: Downing a bottle of Tequilla won’t mend a broken heart but it sure can give you a bad ass hangover that is enough to numb the pain for a few days, giving you time to breathe a little. I now drink Vodka.
To My College Buddy in Journalism School Who Read My Poems and Stories
I was too shy to show anyone my works but letting you read them felt like the most natural thing in the world. Thank you for inspiring me then. I hope you continued on to that path.
To The Boy Who Cried for Me
I’m sorry I broke your heart. I’ve thought of you for years, asked many “what ifs”, and wondered about all the “could’ve beens.” Thank you for teaching me to recognize and say no to a love that isn’t for me. Thank you for teaching me the importance of being honest and fair in love.
To the Batshit Crazy People I Met in College
When I graduated High School, I promised myself I’m going to try all the things I was afraid to do so I won’t ever have to wonder what it feels like to do them. College had really been a memorable time. Thank you for making it exciting — and sometimes scary. I wouldn’t have college any other way. Now, I’m back to my boring self.
To My Exes
Thank you for the love and the pain — and I say this with utmost sincerity. For without the pain, I wouldn’t have appreciated how amazing it feels to be truly loved and accepted. I hope you’re all happy wherever you are and whoever you’re with today. Let us not make the same mistakes we did in the past.
To The Manager Who Scared the Hell Out of Me
Thank you for giving me no choice but to be better and for showing me the kind of manager I want to be. It’s not easy but I will continue to work on it.
To The Close Friend Who is Now a Stranger
I’m sorry you think we had to part ways. We had such an awesome time growing up but I understand that our journey together has ended. I wish you all the best.
People come and go. It’s not always easy to understand. But the sooner we accept it, the easier it will be to let go of people so we can all continue with our journey —even it if means going on different paths.