Dear Friend, Please Read

Dear Friend, Please Read

Dear Friend,

I know we’ve been in separate places for months, which can be hard–but don’t ever forget, I’m always there for you. Our last meeting was grand and joyous; it was even filled with tears.  Happy and sad tears knowing that our time in that special place was over. You knew that we’d see each other again­–it would only be a matter of time. What I didn’t realise was that you were hurting so deeply inside. A hurt that was crippling and unforgiving.  A hurt that didn’t invite me to hear your story. 

When I received that message on a midsummer day saying that said you needed help, I froze– stuck in place and searching for an answer. My only hope was that my response was one that was hopeful enough for you to get help. I wanted so badly for you to be brave. I wanted to magically vanquish your demons. Knowing that you were hurting hurt me too.

Months passed, responses weren’t as frequent. That didn’t mean I wasn’t thinking of you.  I moved to a sleepy harbour town filled with sunlight and sunsets that would take your breath away. My relocation meant that I was further away from you. You knew this is what I needed, yet I still couldn’t help but think of you.  Everyday I was sending messages of inspiration to those throughout the globe. It was incredibly rewarding to hear back from these individuals that I had helped them in the path to recovery. But in the back of my mind I knew that I still needed to help you. 

Recently, I saw you for the first time in what has felt like an eternity. Your constant positive energy seemed to have vanished. I embraced you, but it wasn’t you.  It wasn’t the same person I knew. To see you with tears in your eyes as you waited on the sidewalk broke me down.  It wasn’t fair to see you go through this. Seeing your suffering first hand compelled me to write this letter. 

Friend, I am not alone when I say this: you are loved.  You are so incredibly loved by your friends and family. Even if your friends aren’t geographically close to you, they’re right there, in your heart. I’ve seen you stand up and make a change for what you believe in. Hold those memories close, for they will help guide you through the darkness.    

Life wouldn’t be the same without you in it. I am cheering for you in your path to recovery.  This newest journey in life will not be the easiest, but you are capable. You are worthy of redemption. 

I want to leave you with a lyric from one of my favorite bands, The Ghost Inside. The quote is as follows: “Life’s swinging hard, but I’m swinging harder.”

Swing for the fences. 

Love you forever and always,

-       Case 

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