When Words Aren’t Enough

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On Friday, I received a text from my roommate saying she was told some life-changing news. Suddenly the words “I am so sorry” just weren’t enough. I am not great at comforting people, but I so desperately wanted her to know that I am always there for her. This letter is for her, as well as anyone else who needs to hear this.


There are no words I could say that could take away your pain. There is nothing I could say that would make this situation hurt any less, even though I wish there was. I wish I could say that I know how you feel, but, honestly, I don’t. No one should have to know how you feel in this moment.


What I want you to know is that you are strong. Far stronger than I ever could be. You have inspired me to always look on the bright side of things, even when it feels like the world is crumbling to pieces. When I see you, I see someone who has been through things no 20-year-old should have to experience, but I also see someone who stands tall despite the weight on your shoulders.


I know that I don’t always show it, but I am here for you through anything. I don’t ask you how you are enough because I worry that talking about it will make you more upset. However, I hope you know that I will always be your shoulder to cry on, your ears to vent to, and your friend through all of the hurt. You are so brave, and I hope that one day I can be as strong as you are.