A Letter From My Friend
A few days ago, I was cleaning and while going through some boxes, I found a letter from my friend who passed away. It read:
I never imagined that my first college roommate would end up being someone who I would also call my best friend. You will probably never realize the impact you have made on my life in just a few short months. Although our time together is coming to an end, I am happy to say that I have some great memories to take along with me. We have had some good and bad moments, but in the end I know we always have each other’s backs. I hope you know that I will always be there for you no matter what happens in this life. Whether you know it or not, if you let yourself you can make such a big impact on this world. You are truly an amazing person who I have had the privilege to be apart of your life for a short while. I hope that this is not the end and we have the opportunity to make some more crazy memories in the future. I can honestly say I have never met someone like you before. You made me realize so many things about life, from showing me that it’s okay to be young and dumb sometimes, but for also letting me know when it’s time to make some hard decisions. Thank you for being my person to run to when I had no where else to go and most importantly for helping make my freshman year better than I could have ever imagined.
My friend gave this letter to me the day we left for summer break. She died in a car crash less than a week later.
I hung the letter next to my front door as a reminder to try my best everyday to live up to everything that she saw in me and everything she thought I could be. Her letter gave me the spark of courage I needed to start this blog. This blog is a safe place for me to talk about trauma and trauma recovery, including my own. It is also a place for me to share the knowledge I have built along the way. My hope is that it becomes a safe place for other trauma survivors as well.
I believe we are all survivors. Many people spend a lot of time trying to hide that and trying to conceal their scars from the rest of the world. I hope this blog encourages people to lift up their sleeves.