My best friend Ali has changed my life for the better.
We became friends in the fifth grade, when we were both eleven. I had just moved to this new school after having previously been home schooled. I was terribly shy, self conscious, and a little weird. Ali was the first friend I made at my new school. Despite how shy I was, Ali stepped forward and befriended me with open arms and a sweet smile.
We've been friends ever since.
Ali has changed my life by encouraging and uplifting me throughout difficult times I've gone through. I've tried to do the same for her. Ali is stubborn and loyal, and she always manages to keep a smile, despite some tough situations.
We have a lot of... interesting memories together. Silly moments, like when we were driving home and thought we saw a dead body in the middle of the road. Or when we'd sneak to Braum's together without anyone knowing. Or when we stayed up all night discussing how to end world hunger. With those kinds of memories, we've become best friends.
I could never ask for a better friend than that I have in Ali.
I'll share a few pictures of our high school years to take your mind off of the awkward fifth grade picture I can't believe I showed you above. Don't tell Ali. :)
Here we are on the last day of school, Sophomore year. I don't know why I love this picture so much, but I do. It's framed right above my computer screen.
This picture is of Ali and I dancing at last year's prom. During that particular dance, neither of us had a partner, so we decided to dance together. We were holding each others' arms because we always argue about who is the "guy" in our best friend relationship.
This is us on last year's TOMS Day Without Shoes.
We went bowling here. I love Ali's face.
On Nerd Day at school.
After a service project at school.
When we put too much makeup on each other.
At an A&M game... taken from my mom's iPhone.
And a picture of us together as sisters.
I love you, Ali. I'm so glad you're in my life. You've definitely changed me for the better and I'm so glad we've gotten to stay together this year.