In this difficult time, it’s easy to missed loved ones, especially if you’re used to seeing them often. I’ve been thinking about those around me a lot more, and I can’t wait to see them again.
I had been thinking for a while to do something maybe a tad unusual but something a bit more meaningful, especially for family. I had an idea a while ago to write some handwritten letters, just checking up on them and expressing my gratitude and appreciation for them (this most probably was better for me as my family lives abroad, so I can’t see them as much). However, the coronavirus came around and I realised that we’re not seeing everyone we love and appreciate as much anymore, and I think we all need some cheering up during this strange time.
This is why I have come up with Letters to Loved Ones. Letters to Loved Ones is simply where you write a letter or message to someone you wish to reach out with a bit more and brighten up their day (I feel like this would be the best idea for grandparents). I do want to expand this idea out a bit more though: I’m making my Letters to Loved Ones to those around me who deserve a reminder of how great they are. It doesn’t matter how long or short this may be, but just something unexpected that will boost their mood a little. If you don’t want to write a letter (it’s not for everyone, it’s just the writer in me that appreciates a good old-fashioned letter), send a message to a friend and tell them how much they mean to you. It could also be someone that you don’t speak to as often that deserves a bit of unexpected love.
I’ve hand-written a couple of my own (to family etc.), but I’m going to end this blog post with little online messages of my own. Today, try and send a message to those you care about. Do a good thing today.
To those close to me, if you spot which message is for you, I wanted to say thank you, because you truly deserve the world.
To my mum’s biggest fan,
You’re not just my friend, your family at this point. Thank you for putting up with me after all these years and I couldn’t be more glad that we met. I miss our little Costa tea outings, our London trips and just having the longest chats with you (even when my mum infiltrates and we have a group conversation). I know I can always count on you, and I know you’ll always ground me when I’m not thinking straight. I trust you with the world and your friendship means so much to me. You’re so funny, genuine and a little fighter and I love that so much about you. When this is all over, we have to finally get on that night out we always spoke about, and I’ll try the famous WooWoo drink you spoke about. Hope you’re keeping well, and I’ll facetime you soon with a cuppa ready.
To my travel buddy,
In the short space of time we’ve known each other, we’ve been on so many adventures: from Greece to The Netherlands, and hopefully many more to come (maybe we’ll make that festival in Spain one year!). I’m so grateful that we met. You made my uni experience 10x better and I don’t know what I would’ve done if I hadn’t met you. I know I can trust you and come to you with advice for anything. You’re one of the people that really started to get me out my comfort zone in the best way and start to live my life more fully and explore more. I’ve had so much fun with you and I love how open we are with each other. I cherish you as a close friend so so much. You’ve got such a good heart and I can’t wait for our next car ride, blasting Stormzy and Tinie Tempah.
To the biggest tea drinker I know,
I’ve sure met a lot of people who love tea, but I’ve never met someone who can down 5+ cups of tea in a day as a normal agenda. Thank you so much for being so amazing. You make me laugh, you always make me feel comfortable and you’re one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met. I don’t think I ever told you this, but thinking back now, I remember meeting you and just wanting to be your friend. You were just so lovely and sweet. You’re one of those people that the more you get to know, the more you don’t expect and that’s so interesting. I can’t wait for our next Spoons meetup (or maybe even Wimbledon meetup, depends if you’re working at the pizza section again, then I’ll come rescue you for 10 minutes!).
To The Lowkey H***,
I had to put you two together. I mean, how can I not? We come as collective. I wanted to start off by saying that you both have been my rock for a lot of things. My go-to’s. I couldn’t be more appreciative of that. I will forever cherish how good you both have been to me, and how we’ve always had each others backs through stupid guys to stupid ‘friendships’. I miss our little adventures, and we’re due another Little Venice and Hyde Park trip again. You both always know how to start a party and have fun and I love that. I’m going to start off with B and say that you’re one of the kindest and funniest people I’ve ever met. You go out of your way to make everyone feel comfortable and include everyone. You’ve never failed to give your all when it comes to being a good friend and I truly appreciate that. You’ve always checked up on me in my toughest times and I’ll never ever forget that. C, you’re absolutely hilarious. You’re so honest and are truly loyal to the people you care about most. You’re never afraid to stick up for what you believe in and other people, and that’s so admirable. You’ve actually taught me so much (I probably ask you way too many personal questions, I’m so sorry) and I want to thank you for being an equally good friend and putting up with my shit. I love you both so much.
These are just my closest friends, but there are others that also mean a lot that I appreciate so much. I hope these maybe give you inspiration to write your own. Throughout this quarantine period, I’ll try to send as many short messages as I can expressing my gratitude. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!
Sending you all love and I hope you are all safe and well x