I won’t lie I’m having a lot of fun putting this post together. I think its because my friendship with Sarah is so different than any other. Our friendship has a pretty funny story attached and Sarah brings out a different side of me and of my life that no one else has ever been able to do, she is a pretty amazing person that I honestly feel so lucky to have her in my life.
To explain where this all started, Sarah and I actually weren’t big fans of each other. We didn’t meet until RA training this year but we both kinda knew about each other but we were such opposites, were like yeah… no. We got placed in buildings right beside each other as RAs and I remember when I saw that I was not happy. We went through our RA training week and I think we ended up talking a few times, we were in the same cabin at the retreat, but I never put much thought into getting to know her.
Fast forward a few weeks into school and we had to take a workshop on campus, Sarah and I signed up for the same time and ended up sitting beside each other. We had to do some active listening exercises and we got paired up to talk to each other. I was honestly surprised at how Sarah opened up to me about how she was feeling with the RA position the first few weeks and her concerns, I shared some of my own struggles with her and I was honestly surprised I opened up so much but it also felt so good to share how I was feeling in hopes someone would understand. I didn’t think much about it afterwards until Sarah messaged me the next day saying how much she appreciated me opening up and it was a message I still love to this day, and honestly I get a little emotional reading it because it was honestly so caring and it felt like she was speaking to me as a person not a co worker or an RA but as a friend and I wasn’t expecting that.
Sarah reminds me that being unique to who I am is what makes me special and that is way better than trying to fit in, Sarah was honestly a huge part of starting my change in the way I view and experience life and myself. We started going for walks a few times a week as a destress from school and over the course of about 2 days we went from hardly acknowledging each other to spending hours each day together.
We really are the definition of fast friends, it was crazy when I think back on it, but man am I ever thankful that we ended up next door to each other and ended up in that same workshop, I honestly wonder where we/I would be if that hadn’t happened.
Sarah is the type of person who calls it as it is and she holds nothing back when she calls you out. I love that, she tells me the honest reality and gives me a reality check even when I don’t want to hear it… I need that in life. I have a really hard time explaining just what Sarah means to me because she brings something to my life I can’t describe but I can tell you its something I desperately needed. Maybe one day I will figure out exactly what that is but I’m pretty content not knowing too.
As much as we are total opposites, and half the things I say makes Sarah seriously cringe, and honestly she always takes me by surprise, Sarah is one of the most incredible people I have ever met. I cannot image what my life would be like without her, she has been such a huge factor in changing my life this year. Even thought she is younger than me sometimes she is so much wiser, but only sometimes 😉
Sarah is also an amazing hockey goalie, it might have taken me forever but I was able too see a few of her games this year and damn she is good! I joke with Sarah that she is the female version of Justin(my boyfriend) because they are so similar and also make fun of me about the same things, and they both play hockey. It makes me laugh because its honestly crazy how many similar things there are between them!
Sarah thank you for giving me the reality checks I need, the honest and caring opinions and thoughts about problems, always being there to celebrate a success, or have a drink when things are going down hill. You are 100% one of the hardest working people I know and I aspire to be able to have the work ethic you do when it comes to getting things done. I cannot wait to see where you go in the world, and all the amazing things you accomplish. I also can’t wait to have more adventures, trips, and memories made with you. You were the friend I never thought I needed but ended up needing the most.
This year has been a rollercoaster for many reason but you have been a constant support thought it all even when I didn’t realize it. Thank you for the life advise, amazing memorable night, late night chats, late night laughs, and really any late night always involves you because what is sleep right 😉 but seriously thank you for everything you changed my life and made me such a happier and more well rounded person I love you so much and can’t wait to see where life takes our friendship.