How do you let them go

when they were the most constant person in your life.

When holding on to them that much tighter will not

change the fact that they cannot stay. When they promised

they would not leave and you have to forgive them anyway.

When you truly love someone,
you do not give up.
You do not give up on your best friend,
your family,
your loved one.
You just don’t.

Someone once told me
that you can’t leave someone
when they need you the most
and come back into their life
when they have mended.

I almost walked away from you
because I was tired of being the only one
doing the fixing.
But I realized that
right now, you are a broken ceramic vase
and I held the glue.
I am the only one you trust enough
to put back the pieces.

So I cannot give up on you.
I will not give up on you.

—  Ming D. Liu“A poem for my best friend - please do not give up on yourself.”

I am going to
stop asking you
to hang out
and messaging you first.
I am going to
stop making plans
with you,
just for them to be cancelled.

I am not going to be the one
constantly chasing all the time;
so I’m trying out this new thing
where I am not going to bother
with people
who do not even try
to speak to me first.

If you miss me
and you want to
see me,
then find a way.

You can find a way,
this time.

—  Ming D. Liu, Tables Turn
I dislike the phrase ‘Internet friends,’ because it implies that people you know online aren’t really your friends, that somehow the friendship is less real or meaningful to you because it happens through Skype or text messages. The measure of a friendship is not its physicality but its significance. Good friendships, online or off, urge us toward empathy; they give us comfort and also pull us out of the prisons of our selves
—  John Green
We laughed into the daylight until our stomachs ached, with strawberry flavored lips, and dirt on our jeans. Gosh, I forgot how much I loved being your best friend.
—  I promise I’m never leaving again (3am)