1. For being a part of all my interests and encouraging me to follow my passion.
If you hadn't said that day - "It's better to try and fail rather than not trying and regretting all your life." I have no idea what kind of a person I would be today. I've believed in you with all my heart and you've always made sure that it's worth it. Nobody ever took interest in what I LIKE but you made all those interests a part of you, thank you so much for being just YOU for me.
2. The sense of security that I get because I know YOU EXIST.
Be it drunk nights or the night I had my first break up, I was fine because I knew you'd take me home and you'll never let me fall. I had that moment of "break down" but you pulled me back and told me in your own casual tone - "Life is tough buddy but I've got your back."
3. Making a fool of yourself WITH me every time. It's been a pleasure.
It has been so much fun to be able to do whatever I want to around you because I know you'll never complain, in fact you'll be like - " What the hell! Let me join you."
4. For never leaving me alone even if I (stupidly) asked you to.
I've been dumb and I've had those "leave me alone" moments but you never budged because you know the next thing I'd do when I'm sad - I'll be killing myself. If I'm sad and I'm drowning myself in alcohol, you've been right there to give me company.
5. Making my worst b'days super duper special.
Who likes to grow old but with friends like you, I'll grow old a hundred times over just to get pampered and feel special because you've ALWAYS made sure of that. That time when I was away on a work trip and I had no one around to wish me "Happy b'day", thanks for being on the phone all night long just to make me feel you're there and it's MY BIRTHDAY.
6. For saying all those things I wanted to hear.
I let you down a lot of times by not listening to any of your advices but you never gave up, you kept saying the right things at the right time tirelessly.
7. Thanks to you I've saved my self-respect a lot of times.
Thank you for stopping me from making all those drunk calls and sending those texts to my ex, who really didn't care. I realised that when I heard him making fun of me with his friends in a cafe. I felt bad and I came running to you to keep myself sane.
8. For always giving me an honest opinion despite knowing about the (serious) consequences.
We've had so many fights because of you telling me I've gained weight or my hair looks unkempt or my boyfriend isn't worth it but you never stopped, thankfully. You always knew I'll realise that you're saying the truth and yes, I do realise that you've always been honest BECAUSE you care. Had you not been honest, I can't really imagine where I would be and what I would be doing today.
9. Thanks for being the person who can CHEER ME UP at any point of time.
You've made the toughest days seem like a cakewalk. I crave coffee so many times and you know it, that's what makes you my BEST-EST FRIEND. You don't even have to try cheering me up, it just happens automatically when I see you because you make me laugh when I need to AND you let me cry when I want to.
10. Pulling me out of my little comfortable shell.
I was very comfortable in the little space I had created for myself for so many years but then, YOU happened and you showed me how it's supposed to be done. You pushed me to step out of my comfort zone and face the real world because it's beautiful. Can't thank you enough for THAT.
11. Thanks for not disowning me in public.
I love being foolish and thankfully you know that. I do embarrassing things in public but how-much-ever you've warned me that you'll disown me, I know in my heart you won't because you CAN'T.
12. For shedding all those tears for me.
I know you've cried a thousand times in my bad and good times. When I got my first dream job, you cried (like my mom, may be more) and when I was leaving the country, you CRIED. I've never really wanted to make you cry but I guess it just happens when you have a best friend who is actually family.
13. Being available 24*7 for me.
You've literally always been a call away whenever I've needed you. I'm sorry that I made you miss so many meetings and dates, I really am and I can't thank you enough for being there for me, especially the times when it was not convenient at all.
14. Thanks for being a blessing in disguise.
Thanks for telling me "you're special." when I've needed it the most. Thank you for loving me as much as I love you. You have no idea how much it means to me but you see, we're too cool to be as expressive in REAL LIFE. So, here it goes in writing - I love you and I can't do without you. Now let's go back to acting COOL.