An Open Letter To My Older Cousins
Start writing a post
Relationships

An Open Letter To My Older Cousins

You guys have served as the older siblings I’ve always wanted.

719
An Open Letter To My Older Cousins
Megan Rogers

Dear Fam,

Being the oldest sibling is fun because you get to be in charge. But growing up I always wished I had someone that had gone through things first, like braces, high school, and applying to colleges. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that I’ve had these people all along. My older cousins have all paved the way for me, and have stepped in as older siblings when I’ve needed it most.

When I was younger you all started out as my babysitters and I was your real-life baby doll. I got carried around everywhere and my cousins’ favorite game to play with me was “Down, Down Baby." As I got older, you guys served as my math tutors, college essay reviewers, informal driving instructors and confidants as I’ve stumbled through high school and college.

Now that we’re all growing up, and you guys are getting married and having your own kids, I wanted to say thank you for all that you all have done for me. You guys have served as the older siblings I’ve always wanted and each of you has influenced me and shaped me into the person I am today.

Especially transitioning into college, it was no secret that I was struggling to adjust. Each of you reached out to me, offered me advice and assured me that my struggles were normal. You shared your own horror stories with me, from roommate troubles to grades to being away from home. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. You may not have realized it, but you became a support system for me, and have continued to be throughout my college career.

I love returning the favor, and finally being able to become your confidants and advice giver. I’ve been honored to stand with some of you at your weddings, and I love being babysitters for your kids now.I also want to tell you all how proud I am of each of you. You all have chased your dreams and accomplished so much. I know it hasn’t always been easy for you all but you have set an amazing example for me, and shown me to how to persevere even in the toughest times. I feel like this year is the year I have seen everyone the happiest, and the most successful, and it makes me so happy.

I am so thankful for the influence each of you has had on my life. You are more than just my family, you are my forever friends because the bond we share is unbreakable. From family vacations and cousin sleepovers to Black Friday shopping to random trips to Playa Bowls, I cherish all of the memories I have with each of you.

I finally feel like I am a part of the older cousins’ club and I can’t wait for new adventures with all of you in the future. Thank you for paving the way for me, being my supporters, listening to all of my problems and assuring me that it isn’t the end of the world. I love you all so much.

Love always.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Health and Wellness

Exposing Kids To Nature Is The Best Way To Get Their Creative Juices Flowing

Constantly introducing young children to the magical works of nature will further increase the willingness to engage in playful activities as well as broaden their interactions with their peers

164356

Whenever you are feeling low and anxious, just simply GO OUTSIDE and embrace nature! According to a new research study published in Frontiers in Psychology, being connected to nature and physically touching animals and flowers enable children to be happier and altruistic in nature. Not only does nature exert a bountiful force on adults, but it also serves as a therapeutic antidote to children, especially during their developmental years.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

5 Simple Ways To Give Yourself Grace, Especially When Life Gets Hard

Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we are becoming.

162966
Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

If there's one thing I'm absolutely terrible at, it's giving myself grace. I'm easily my own worst critic in almost everything that I do. I'm a raging perfectionist, and I have unrealistic expectations for myself at times. I can remember simple errors I made years ago, and I still hold on to them. The biggest thing I'm trying to work on is giving myself grace. I've realized that when I don't give myself grace, I miss out on being human. Even more so, I've realized that in order to give grace to others, I need to learn how to give grace to myself, too. So often, we let perfection dominate our lives without even realizing it. I've decided to change that in my own life, and I hope you'll consider doing that, too. Grace begins with a simple awareness of who we are and who we're becoming. As you read through these five affirmations and ways to give yourself grace, I hope you'll take them in. Read them. Write them down. Think about them. Most of all, I hope you'll use them to encourage yourself and realize that you are never alone and you always have the power to change your story.

Keep Reading... Show less
Entertainment

Breaking Down The Beginning, Middle, And End of Netflix's Newest 'To All The Boys' Movie

Noah Centineo and Lana Condor are back with the third and final installment of the "To All The Boys I've Loved Before" series

401509
Netflix

Were all teenagers and twenty-somethings bingeing the latest "To All The Boys: Always and Forever" last night with all of their friends on their basement TV? Nope? Just me? Oh, how I doubt that.

I have been excited for this movie ever since I saw the NYC skyline in the trailer that was released earlier this year. I'm a sucker for any movie or TV show that takes place in the Big Apple.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

4 Ways To Own Your Story, Because Every Bit Of It Is Worth Celebrating

I hope that you don't let your current chapter stop you from pursuing the rest of your story.

252375
Photo by Manny Moreno on Unsplash

Every single one of us has a story.

I don't say that to be cliché. I don't say that to give you a false sense of encouragement. I say that to be honest. I say that to be real.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

How Young Feminists Can Understand And Subvert The Internalized Male Gaze

Women's self-commodification, applied through oppression and permission, is an elusive yet sexist characteristic of a laissez-faire society, where women solely exist to be consumed. (P.S. justice for Megan Fox)

134857
Paramount Pictures

Within various theories of social science and visual media, academics present the male gaze as a nebulous idea during their headache-inducing meta-discussions. However, the internalized male gaze is a reality, which is present to most people who identify as women. As we mature, we experience realizations of the perpetual male gaze.

Keep Reading... Show less
Lifestyle

It's Important To Remind Yourself To Be Open-Minded And Embrace All Life Has To Offer

Why should you be open-minded when it is so easy to be close-minded?

316839

Open-mindedness. It is something we all need a reminder of some days. Whether it's in regards to politics, religion, everyday life, or rarities in life, it is crucial to be open-minded. I want to encourage everyone to look at something with an unbiased and unfazed point of view. I oftentimes struggle with this myself.

Keep Reading... Show less
Swoon

14 Last Minute Valentine's Day Gifts Your S.O. Will Love

If they love you, they're not going to care if you didn't get them some expensive diamond necklace or Rolex watch; they just want you.

196242

Let me preface this by saying I am not a bad girlfriend.

I am simply a forgetful one.

Keep Reading... Show less
Student Life

10 Helpful Tips For College Students Taking Online Courses This Semester

Here are several ways to easily pass an online course.

132971
Photo by Vlada Karpovich on Pexels

With spring semester starting, many college students are looking to take courses for the semester. With the pandemic still ongoing, many students are likely looking for the option to take online courses.

Online courses at one time may have seemed like a last minute option for many students, but with the pandemic, they have become more necessary. Online courses can be very different from taking an on-campus course. You may be wondering what the best way to successfully complete an online course is. So, here are 10 helpful tips for any student who is planning on taking online courses this semester!

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments