From my own perspective, gratitude is not the same as giving thanks. Gratitude comes from a deeper place that knows the story could have ended differently, and often does.
Almost a year ago on a boring Sunday evening, I went out with my best friend for dinner. By the time we arrived at the restaurant, my eyes were caught by a guy having dinner with his best friend. Coincidently my friend happened to be a friend of his friend! After dinner on the way out, we stopped at his table.
Undeniably he'd caught my attention; it's rare someone does, but, he somehow did. A couple of weeks after we were texting like we had known each other for years. He'd asked me out but I was heading back to the U.S. During my 5 months in LA, Luiz and I kept in touch. He was the type of guy who I felt like I had known for ages, someone I've always felt comfortable around, and we ended up building a great connection.
When I got back to Brazil and he took me out for dinner. It was amazing and we kept seeing each other. He made me understand and believe in things I haven't thought I'd be able to do. Two months later, I had to leave for my Masters in NYC. That was the hardest goodbye I've ever had to say in my 26 years, I was really sad.
Through his support and help, I ended up finding my own path and going for what I really want. Luiz has played an important role in all that, bigger than he can ever imagine. I ended up putting my Masters on hold to build my own startup company.
I want to thank him for every single piece of advice, for listening to me when I needed it most, and for being there even while far away but at the same time being able to feel very close. I decided to buy a little gift, so I bought the GRATEFUL key. Of course there are no words to express how thankful I am to have him, but the key represents at least part of my gratitude for meeting him.
Lu, if somehow you ended up finding my story here, I want you to know that I bought the key to thank you for being you. Even though you seen a bit distant since I got back, I just would like to let you know that I genuinely like you a lot and I am grateful for all the support you gave me, for all the moments we have spent together, and for having a chance to be around someone with such an amazing heart. Thank you very much for everything that just you know!