I am a firm believer in the idea that everyone comes into our lives for a reason. As someone who moved before my Freshman year and then again before this past year, this idea is very special to me. As this school year has come to a close, I have been thinking about it a lot. Technically, I am now a senior (!!!), but this means that the seniors from last year are no longer around all the time. I spent a lot of my time this year with a few of the senior girls, as I connected with them better than with my own class at first. The problem with being friends with seniors is that at the end of the year, they have to leave. Throughout all of last year, the knowledge that at the end of the year they would leave was always in the back of my mind.
From the end of April to last week, there were so many events and moments that made me realize just how much these people have impacted my life and also just how much I am going to miss them. From music tour, to the Junior/Senior banquet, to their graduation, I have been constantly reminded of the intelligence, beauty, strength, and amazingness that is my friends.
These girls were in my life for a reason. They have all brought more laughter, conversation, and kindness into my life and I will be forever grateful. When I moved, the thing I wanted most was to be known as someone who was kind and willing to help anyone who needed it. I wanted to be known as that person at my old school too, but like I've said before, I think I was known by most people as the "blonde who used to be in drama and then quit." When I started at the school I'm at now, I was able to become the person I wanted to be because I was surrounded by the same kinds of people. People who built me up and encouraged me to do and be better. People who would set aside their own stuff to be there for me. People who have the biggest hearts I've ever known. Words truly cannot express how thankful I am for this past year, but I've tried. I wholeheartedly believe that they were all placed in my life for a reason, and I know that I am better off for it. They have changed my life for good, and I hope they know just how much I mean that.