I remember the day Mom and Dad brought you home from the hospital. It was so neat to see your tiny fingers and toes, bald little head, and cute little face. You are the first baby I ever remember seeing.
The image of you as a baby still remains in my head, so it's strange to see how you've grown into a young woman. Your transition from a cute little baby to a sweet, kind, spunky, teenager has really been something special to witness.
Before I start talking about how awesome you are, I obviously have to congratulate you on having such a cool and attractive sister. Although having me as a sister was never really in your control, you really lucked out big time! However, I lucked out, too--maybe even more than you did.
You are my best friend. You are the one who has been here for me through thick and thin. Somehow, you're always available on random weeknights when I want to go out to eat, and you're there on the weekends when I feel like staying in. You're my favorite person to stay up late talking with.
You're spunky and witty, and I often wish I were as funny as you. You make me laugh more than anybody else with your snarky comments. You are smart, kind, and assertive, and I'm so proud of you for the wonderful person you're growing into.
Sometimes, I can't even believe how beautiful you are. Not just with your gorgeous hair, skin, and smile, but within you--in your soul. You radiate with a light that I strive to emulate. Although you may be younger than me, you will always be one of my role models.
You're just the best. However, what kind of big sister would I be if I didn't give you unsolicited advice once in a while?
Remember: Never settle for less than you deserve (you deserve the best, and anything less than that is not worth your time).
Don't be afraid to be yourself. You are a beautiful human being (even if you are a little weird sometimes), and there is no reason you should ever act in a way that is inconsistent with who you are. Be authentically you.
Always love yourself. Love your mind, love your body, and love your spirit. You are unique, and you are perfect in every way. Don't let anybody ever tell you otherwise
Stand up for what you believe in. You have a voice, and you deserve to be heard.
Enjoy every moment. Life is a gift, and things can change in the blink of an eye. Make the most of every day. Spend time with the people you love. Have fun.
I'm so glad to have you as my baby sister (who's not really a baby anymore). I'm so excited to continue to watch you grow up and share my days with you. Thanks for always being my best friend.