I Am Courtney Leigh

A Letter to my Guy Bestfriend

First off, I want to thank you for becoming someone so special in my life.

You are my best friend, my other half. Every time we pass each other in the hall, we laugh, we make funny faces, and I just smile because I’ve only known you for less then a year, and our friendship has evolved so much. You were and are what I needed when I entered my senior year of high school.

Me and you are like two peas in a pod. You accept me as the weird person I am, especially since right away you show your weirdness along beside me.

Thank you. Thank you for singing with me always. Thank you for the multiple hugs I get every time I see you. Thank you for listening to all my friend drama. Thank you for always making me laugh. Thank you for being so sweet towards me and always calling me beautiful. Thank you for being you.

I’m going off to college, and you’ll still be in high school, going to your four classes a day. While I’m gone, you’re going to meet new people. I’ll also meet new people. It’ll always be strange to not see you in the hallways, or sitting next to me in class. I’ll miss your smile and your ability to make me smile. Sometimes I feel like if we had more time together, things would’ve been a little different. Maybe we could’ve been more.

All I’m asking from you is to never forget me. Maybe one day we can meet up again and reminisce all our memories together. Thank you for making my last year in high school an amazing one. I wish I could have met you earlier in life, but all things happen for a reason, and I thank God that he gave me you when he did.

I love you, Courtney


Florida born, Carolina raised

I live in a small town with big surroundings, also known as mountains. Tons of mountains. I’ve lived here practically my whole life, and 15 years after moving to the Carolina’s, I’m just now appreciating the beauty that surrounds me. You get a whole new perspective on the world that surrounds you when you look from different angles. The higher the elevation, the higher you feel on life.

Hiking is one of the best pass times when you live near mountains. There are beautiful places all around you and it’s an amazing feeling to be able to search and discover them on your own.

There are so many different ways you can feel towards climbing mountains. Strong, beautiful, on top of the world, brave, free, incredible, terrified, etc.

The feeling of freedom and strength is the most rewarding feeling, and if you can find these feelings while doing something so exciting such as adventuring through the mountains, that’s all that matters in that moment and time.

Climb mountains not so the world can see you, but so you can see the world.

It’s OK.

Tonight, as I was sitting on the couch scrolling through my high school pictures, I realized something. I am graduating in two weeks, and as I looked closer at the photos on my phone, I realized that I have grown apart from the people in these photos. My eyes glazed over with tears. Up until the beginning of this year, my eighth grade best friend and I were still extremely close. But as our senior year is coming to an end, I realize our friendship is almost invisible. Although I have tried multiple times throughout this year to hangout with her to reconnect, she has been too busy with her boyfriend and her internship to keep our friendship alive. And that’s OK.

We are graduating. We won’t have time to hangout anymore. We will make new friends and create new relationships. With us growing apart now, it will be less painful when we go off to college at the end of the summer. In the mean time, this still hurts. Keep in mind, I had this realization about a hour ago.

I knew that many friendships never last once graduation from highschool, but I just didn’t want to experience this for myself.

We’ve always been on different paths, but that’s what kept our friendship interesting and alive. Maybe that’s also what drifted us apart.

We used to never go a day without speaking. Now it’s hard to get a text back.

One thing I know is that people change. Sometimes when people grow, they also grow apart.

A quote that I’m absolutely in love with is this:

It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that the people you’ve known forever do not see the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on

So that’s what I’m doing. I’m moving on. Although there are tears streaming down my face, and sadness in my heart, everything is going to be okay. There are millions of people I have yet to meet, millions of places I have yet to explore, and a million reasons I should be happy and hopeful that many great things are coming my way.


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