To My Brother During His High School Senior Year.

To My Little Brother As You Enter Your Senior Year Of High School

Good luck doing as well as me.


Dear little brother,

In about a week you're starting your final year of high school, and while I know you're excited, I know you're also probably terrified. I know this because I was, as are most people, even though no one wants to admit it. It's OK to be terrified, but don't let it keep you from getting the most out of this year, because it'll be your last chance to make some memories with the people you have gone to school with since before kindergarten.

Dear little brother,

I know your extracurricular activities are such a big part of your life. This will likely be the last year you get to play sports for your school, so take advantage of all those little moments, even when it's hard to push through. Enjoy every chance you get to play Space Invaders at tennis practice, and give every match your all because the season goes by fast and I don't want you looking back and wishing you had played harder. Soccer has always been a big part of your life, and I hope you score all the goals you've ever wanted to score this year because you deserve it. The last day you wear a Badger uniform will come quickly, so play your hardest every minute you're on the field. And while it's more likely you continue your band career after high school, it isn't a guarantee, so play every note on your trombone with everything you've got (but make sure it sounds good).

Dear little brother,

You're so smart, but senioritis is a real thing, and it can be hard to push to the side. Don't let your grades slip this year, because your grades this year are just as important to getting scholarships as the rest of your high school years were. And scholarships are important, my friend, so stay on top of those applications.

Dear little brother,

Your faith in God blows me away. I feel like you're so much stronger in your faith than I am now, and certainly stronger than I was at your age. I pray this doesn't go away, because I truly believe you could change the world. Your passion for the Lord could change the world. I know that at times its hard to stay true to that faith, but cling to it, for He will lead you where you need to go if you just give Him the chance.

Dear little brother,

While I want to come to every one of your marching contests, tennis matches, and soccer games, ultimately the fact of the matter is that I'm three hours away from you, and that won't be possible. I promise I will come to as much as I can though, because you're my best friend, and I'm going to be your loudest fan whenever possible.

Dear little brother,

Make the most of this year. Do everything you possibly can while still keeping your sanity intact. Spend time with your friends. Participate in a couple senior skip days. Have school spirit. Go to prom. Make friends with your teachers, and learn from their advice. Little brother, have a wonderful senior year. It only happens once, and once you're out of those hallways, you can't go back, no matter how much you may want to.

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To The Best Friend That Turned Into A Stranger

We were the type of friends that were so close people would mistake us for sisters. Then we went to college.


When you hear the world soulmate you think of the person you're destined to spend the rest of your life with.

The person you marry, have kids with, and love unconditionally for the rest of your life. For me, I found my soulmate. Not in a boy, but in a best friend.

We were the type of friends that were so close people would mistake us for sisters.

Some even thought my little sister was your twin. We did everything together, and quickly you became apart of my family. I think you spent the last 4 years staying at my house more than your own. Even when I was 10 hours away at college you were still there with my family.

We went through the ups and downs of high school together.

We were there for each other through every heartbreak, trauma, and loss. Even 549 miles away from each other, I knew you would be there anytime I needed you because we always stuck by each others sides.

We even got tattoos together, because we were the type of friends that would never not be in each other's lives. When people saw me, they saw you. If you weren't around, they would ask where you were.

Until everything fell apart, I left college and you went to college.

We didn't see each other as often as we did but we still talked. I could feel you pulling away and I didn't know why. You found a new friend, and i am so happy you did because the last thing I would want, would for you to be alone in college. But you quickly replaced me. You would come home during breaks and spend 1 day with me and the rest with her.

The reasoning why you said you weren't spending time with me was hurtful, and it's not something I'll mention here. But just know it hurts. Asking for you to give me back the key I gave you for my house hurt.

I know you've been through a lot, and even after all the fighting, I reached out to you.

Because I will always care about you and love you like a sister. But you can only try so hard to fight for someone that doesn't want to be in your life anymore.

I hope you find pure happiness, you deserve it. Just know I miss you and I always will. No one prepared me for the pain I would feel when losing my soulmate.

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An Open Letter To Older Brothers, With All The Things Your Younger Brothers Won't Admit

This is what everyone with older brothers won't admit, so I'll do it for us all.


Older Brothers:

As we get older, we definitely begin to grasp at the importance of our relationship with each other. More specifically, the path of substantial growth that develops and unfolds as we get older bewilders us, yet we find ourselves elated with the direction that it is taking. Although we used to unconditionally hate each other, times change substantially the older we become.

We all truthfully appreciate the weight of the growth more than you do, and we'll explain why further in this letter alongside the stages of our relationship.

Ironically, it is very hysterical to think as far back as we can remember to when we were little kids. We definitely caused our parents to be overwhelmed with extraordinary stress, but it did not matter to us. The first stage of our relationship was as innocent and peaceful as could be, at least before the storm arrives later on. We truly appreciate engaging in nothing but fun with you. You were our first tour guide in the world, and your hobbies became ours. We could often be found disappearing into endeavors, on a life or death mission as we saw it.

Simply put, we were in it together, whatever it was.

Even with small and insignificant bickering every once in a while, it never amounted to anything terrible. All we cared about was exploding with our energy and breaking the ornery meter with you. Thank you for embracing this first stage of enjoyment with us. It seemed to pass by incredibly fast, especially with stage two of our relationship on the horizon.

Stage two was a huge love-hate time. It was also by far the most growthful and helpful time for us, even though it certainly did not seem that way. As we entered into our pre-teens and then into middle school, all we cared about was undermining you. For some reason that we really do not know how to explain, we attempted to find an edge.

Stage two of our relationship was filled with fighting that usually ended in us losing. This specifically helped us to learn how to deal with crap. You also had all your high school friends more or less beat us up. You also always expected us to be at our best. As you progressed through high school, we were beginning to learn it all. This is where the love of love-hate came into play. Although we also never explicitly understood or acknowledged it, you inspired us. Being older, you had already experienced a lot and helped us through the worst.

Stage two was definitely a rollercoaster of love-hate (more hate in our minds), but we later learned you were dope.

In the final stage of growth in our relationship, we learned that we had and have a built-in forever best friend relationship. In our late high school years, college, and beyond, we finally realized the impact you had on us. You are honestly probably happier than us that we finally grew up, but we never admit we were and are the perfect duo, two peas in a pod. We grew up together and experienced a lot. So here's to us, even though we will always be better than you.

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