Dear Younger Sister,

I'm not exactly sure when you started to grow up, but when I swear every time I see you something has changed. Whether you've cut your hair in a way that makes you look more mature or you've grown an inch or two, I still can't believe how fast you've gone from being my kid sister who always got on my nerves to being incredible young woman you are today.

Being four years apart, we experienced different things at different times. A year or two ago, I'm not sure if I would be able to go to you with my problems or expect you to come to me with yours, but now that we both have gotten older, things are more relatable and I feel completely comfortable talking with you about all aspects of my life. Thank you for always lending me your advice, even on tricky subjects. You somehow always seem to give me a different perspective on things that are difficult to handle. I also want to thank you for motivating me to be the best person I can be. I am your older sister, after all, and I still strive to ensure that I'm setting a good example for you--day in and day out.

I know it might sound weird when I say this, but I actually look up to you for some things. You're one of the coolest people I know and you've taught me that it's perfectly okay to stand out from the crowd and do your own thing. You don't try to be anyone but yourself and you don't care what anyone else thinks. I try so hard to express myself in the confident ways that you do, but I still need some practice. With that being said, I want to point out the way you encourage me and reassure me when I doubt myself. I'm not sure I will ever be fully confident in myself or in my decisions, but I know you will always be in my corner backing me up.

Lastly, I want to thank you for always being there to hang out with me and not only be my sister, but also be my friend. When I want to go for a long drive with the windows rolled down and the music turned up to maximum volume, I know who to call. If I ever need advice on what shoes to wear or what shirt to buy, you're the one I turn to. I trust you with my entire being and I know that throughout our years, we will only grow closer. Thanks, Little Sis, for being a woman who has helped shape me in to the individual I am today.

All the love,

Your Older Sister.