for you
who gave me a chance to grow, when you could have told me to grow up
 for you
who taught me that honesty is real love

 

 

for you
who opened up your home to me for a night, a weekend, or months at a time
 for you
who makes me feel at home no matter where i am
for you
who lets me crash on the couch no matter how long its been and despite the fact i’m guaranteed to fall asleep mid-conversation

 

 

for you
who picked up the phone when i was ready to give up on my dream, and just listened

 

 

for you
who never looked at me like i was crazy when i told you my ideas
for you
who definitely looked at me like i was crazy

 

 

for you
who upon seeing me for the first time in 4 years, immediately commented that i still had that same smile. i’ll remember to hold onto it.

 

 

for you
who has been by my side ever since we were kids
for you
who i only just met this year
for you
who i only just met this month
for you
who i still haven’t met

 

 

for you
who reminds me to stay grateful
for you
who despite all of the loss you’ve experienced, the pain you’ve faced, and the disappointments you’ve overcome, refuses to be hateful

 

 

for you
who was vulnerable enough to open yourself up to me, knowing i could judge you
for you
who learned more about me than you ever wanted to know, and still accepted me

 

 

for you
who i used to talk to every day and who remained by my side even as i questioned everything i thought i knew
for you
who i never see anymore

 

 

for you
who taught me it was OK to be different, and that we’re capable of so much more than we want to believe

 

 

for you
who met me just as i was leaving, but blessed me with hours that felt like days and days that felt like months

 

 

for you
who i haven’t seen since high school and with whom i wasn’t even close back then, but who still reached out and supported my dreams this year
 for you
who i reconnected with after years apart and embraced me like nothing had changed

 

 

for you
who taught me to consider the all-important question of ‘what makes you smile?’
for you
who i’m smiling just thinking about now
for you
who encouraged me to find three things to be grateful for each day

 

 

 

for you
who loves me despite the fact i’m still figuring out how to love you back
for you
who believed in me when i didn’t know how to believe in myself
for you
who loved me even when i was bitter

 

 

for you
who’s no longer here but who guides my every step
for you
who i never got tell how much you meant to me
 for you
who i probably won’t ever see again

 

 

 

for you
who taught me that forgiveness is the ultimate liberation

 

 

for you
who doesn’t yet realize how beautiful i think you are

 

 

for you
who supports me despite our many differences

 

 

for you
who finds a way to love in the face of hatred

 

 

 

for you
who gives me hope that tomorrow will be worth it

 

 

for you
who i can call a brother, a sister, a teammate, a best buddy, or a member of my gang

 

 

for you
who pushed me down
for you
who picked me back up
for you
who told me i should quit
for you
who wouldn’t let me give up

 

 

for you
who told me you wouldn’t have chosen this path for yourself, but who supports me all the same

 

 

for you
who taught me how to work
for you
who taught me how to play
for you
who taught me how to sacrifice
 for you
who taught me how to dance
for you
who gives me a reason to be me

 

 

we are the sum total of every moment, every interaction, every conversation we’ve ever had
i am only me because i know you
thank you for being in my life

 

 

for believing in me
for teaching me
for molding me
for making me, me
it was an honor to know you then
it’s a blessing to know you now

 

i believe in a brighter tomorrow because of you

 

love,
me