If you're reading this letter, it's because I'm not the one you'll be sharing your happily ever after with.
And there's a good chance I'm probably drinking right now in a desperate attempt to find myself at the bottom of this bottle. But I fear that that answer will always be with you — knowing all too well how your arms always felt like home, and now they belong to another.
But this isn't a letter of me mourning a loss. This is a letter to you on what is supposed to be the best day of your life.
Even if it's my worst.
Although I envisioned a false future with us, the one thing I got right was knowing the type of man you’d become.
A man, who was the boy I knew, who always worked hard and made me proud. A man who cared more about others than he did himself. A man who loves deeply with everything he has.
I hope that this woman, who I consider one of the luckiest in the world, is worthy of your love. I hope she laughs at your jokes that aren't funny. I hope she treats you the way you deserve. I hope this marriage is the one that revived your hope in love.
I always knew that you'd be a good man. I know that you'll be a wonderful husband. And I'm sure you will be the best father you can be.
I learned to fall in love with your flaws and your shortcomings, but your kids won't see any of those things. In their eyes, you'll be perfect. You'll finally be that hero you always wanted to be. Little will you know, he was within you all along.
As you stand there on your wedding day, I hope not a single doubt crosses your mind. I hope the image of your bride brings you tears you always hid. I hope the vows are genuine, from a place in your heart that few got to see. But most of all, I wish you happiness. I wish you love that never ends and a marriage that lasts until you die.
While part of me looks at her with envy, and part of me wishes you and I met later in life, I consider myself lucky to have known you at all.
The way I see it, I was privileged with the past that can't be erased, which prepared you for a future we had always questioned. So while she may feel blessed to have gotten your future, I'm just happy to have at least gotten your past.
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