To my far away friend

Subject: To my far away friend
From: That girl you grew up with
Date: 1 Dec 2015

So it's been a few months since we've seen each other. You are abroad changing the world and I am away at school. I miss seeing you every week. I miss spending time with you. I miss your smile. I miss you. I know you're out there doing great things, and I know that we're both in the places we need to be, but my heart aches knowing that I haven't seen you in three months, and that I won't see you for several more.
I want to thank you for being there for me through or messy middle and high school years. You were always the person I could go to for a straight answer- I trust you with my life. I'm so thankful that I had a person to grow up with who shared my insane passion for music, and understood my *almost* unhealthy obsession with musicals. I'm so thankful that you understood my dedication to my sport, and that being an athlete was the most important thing to me only after my family and you.
Thank you for listening to my complaints about teams and coaches you probably had no interest in. Thank you for listening to me through the meltdowns about school and sports and choir. Thank you being there when I needed you most.
Growing up with you was the best thing that ever happened to me, and now I have to continue to grow up without you. I'll make it, I think, but it won't be easy.
Keep changing the world and spreading your unique stamp of light and laughter, because I know first hand how special it is.
Love and miss you,
Your far away friend