To: My Long Distance Best Friend – #OpenLetterOctober

Dearest SAIchuu,

If someone told me that when I moved away for college, I would meet you and we’d become best friends, or practically family, I wouldn’t believe them. I never would have thought that we would become close and would stay close, even after I moved back home.

You have helped me with more than you’ll ever know. If it wasn’t for you, I would never have been inspired to learn more about graphic design. Without you, Vegas wouldn’t have felt like my home away from home. If I didn’t meet you, I probably would have never been able to see my favorite band in concert.

While I still lived in Vegas, there were times where my depression and anxiety began to take over. At those times, I was still ashamed and uncomfortable with talking about and dealing with my struggles, but you managed to help me without even knowing it. The smallest things you’ve done, like inviting me out to a movie, asking if I want to come over for dinner, or asking if you can come over so we can watch a movie, all helped to ease the pain and burdens I carried, even if just for a little while. For this, I will always be grateful.

I’ve never met anyone as understanding as you. I have always been afraid to open up to others because whenever I did in the past, even if it was something small, I would get made fun of and feel like an outcast. Then you came along and I saw how much you liked the same video games, anime, TV shows, movies, and even music that I liked. You were even nice enough to introduce me to even more TV shows that I’ve become obsessed with. (Still not sure if I should thank you or resent you for this, though.) I mean, seriously, I constantly remind you, “Saving people. Hunting things. The family business.” is one of my favorite things to say.

I know I don’t say it as much as I should, but, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to understand and get to know me in all my weirdness. Thank you for helping me realize my full potential. Thank you (and your family) for welcoming me into your lives. Thank you for showing me that there are still good people in this world. Thank you for still being there for me, even when I’m 3,000 miles away. Thank you for being you.

I miss you and I appreciate you, ya idjit.

P.S. – Take me back to the middle of nowhere. Back to the place only you and I share. Remember all the memories?

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