I'm in one of them happy, emotional moods and its got me into feeling like doing a post dedicated to the most amazing, inspirational people in my life over the past 3 years - my university friends. This is to get a few things off my chest to everyone of my uni friends that reads this.
When I first started the University memory scrapbook, I was worried about how people would feel about it but it was the only idea that I thought up that I could express how much I cherish the memories I've had the privilege of sharing with my amazing friends that I've made at Anglia Ruskin. I spent a long time repeatedly going over what I was going to say, who I was going to thank, but I hope it sends the right message. By now, you all should know how nervous I get so I find it hard to say the right words in person without making a fumble of words.
Before I started university, I was a mess. There were lots of stresses and worries that got me to an all-time low and I was depressed and was facing a bleak future. In my opinion "Making It" would be finding a career and job that I enjoy and move out, fast forward 4 and a half years & I'm a 23 year old guy that has had a heck of a road so far, and its all thanks to you guys and girls university and I finally get the chance to say - Thank you.
Throughout the past three years, I've been searching for one thing - validation. I wasn't sure of it at the time and I don't even know why, but for whatever reason, what you thought of me was the most important thing in my life. The best thing I could do was be the best friend I could possibly be within my power and it was so important to me that you thought I did a good job at that, and I have to say thank you so much for giving me the opportunity for doing that.
I'm very thankful to you all for helping me get my life back on track by providing such a positive inspiration to me, these past three years have been the best of my life. There are no words that I can possibly express without sounding like a soppy git HOW MUCH I live and breathe to be the best possible friend I can be to you all helping you out and being there for you whenever I can. You were all able to give me a second chance at living a happy life and having friends, when no one else could. I can safely say that I died tomorrow - I would die a very happy lad and its all down to you.
Over the past three years, there has been two people in particular that have stuck by me throughout the last three years through everything and have always managed to put a smile on my face when I didn't want to - Stacey Wigg & Luke Townsend. Since the moment these two came into my life, I've not had a single regret - not a second, not an hour goes by, that I'm not thankful for everything you all have given me.
You're all the bestest friends a guy like me could ever ask for - I love you all so much, and I want to thank you all for being so selfless and caring when I know how much of a pain I am, and you accepted me for who I am and have introduced me to so many other people that I have had the pleasure of getting to know too. To me, it's an specal thing that others can look at us and not understand how crazy and random we are and that's okay, it is something we will share forever and will never change.
Some friends from home have always asked me the question when I've spoken so highly of you all to them "Why would a guy like you, seek validation from a bunch of strangers?", the one thing that seemed to stick with us is that with every friend that I have made, is a unique friendship, I don't know if I did a good job at all as your friend but for the last 3 years whether you were connected to me or not, I have no idea, but I was somehow connected to you.
I never won "Most Popular", I was never "Prom King", but to me that didn't matter - the only important thing in my adult life is you - my friends. At this point, with university over and looking to progress with my future - I feel like I've come full circle. I love you guys and girls, I'll never forget each and everyone of you and the memories we have shared throughout the past three years, I'll never forget. I'll miss you all like crazy, and I hope to see you all beyind University and still keep in touch to continue making memories together.
One final time,
Thank you x