To My Little Sister, I'm So Proud Of You

To My Little Sister, I'm So Proud Of You

“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” - Benjamin Mee
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To my little sister,

I'm sitting down at my computer trying to find the right words to write to you. I'm sadly at a loss for words because of the fact that there is no perfect way to sum up our 8 years of life together in about 500 words. It makes me sad to think about the fact that we will spend most of your life living under different roofs and in completely different stages of life, but I think that is what makes our relationship so unique.

You came into my life fast and with little warning, which I think is pretty characteristic of you. I know I'm supposed to be your big sister and your role model, but in all honesty, I learn a lot from you. I don't think that we could be more different, but I still see parts of myself in you. Don't ever lose that fiery personality of yours and your amazing, creative mind. The fact that you made me a shelf out of an Amazon box and hot glue for my birthday amazes me.

You love hard, and you are a very kind and compassionate soul to those you meet. You're going to do great things one day; I know that is for sure. Whether it be you spending the night in my dorm or cheering you on at your various sporting events, you keep my life interesting, and I know it would boring without you in it.

I'm very proud of you and miss you dearly when I'm away, but I am always here for you no matter what. I'm very excited to watch you grow up into a strong woman because our family is full of strong, resilient women we get the privilege to look up to, especially our mom (she is truly the best). If I have one piece of advice for you, it is to never let anyone, and I mean ANYONE, belittle you or make you think you are unworthy. I lost myself once, and it is one of my biggest regrets.

Play outside, be a kid, don't try to grow up too fast. One of my favorite quotes I'd like to share with you is a quote from Benjamin Mee from the movie We Bought A Zoo and it is, “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”

I love you kiddo,

Your older sister

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To The Dad Who Didn't Want Me, It's Mutual Now

Thank you for leaving me because I am happy.
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Thank you, for leaving me.

Thank you, for leaving me when I was little.

Thank you, for not putting me through the pain of watching you leave.

Thank you, for leaving me with the best mother a daughter could ask for.

I no longer resent you. I no longer feel anger towards you. I wondered for so long who I was. I thought that because I didn't know half of my blood that I was somehow missing something. I thought that who you were defined me. I was wrong. I am my own person. I am strong and capable and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

In my most vulnerable of times, I struggled with the fact that you didn't want me. You could have watched me grow into the person that I have become, but you didn't. You had a choice to be in my life. I thought that the fact that my own father didn't want me spoke to my own worth. I was wrong. I am so worthy. I am deserving, and you have nothing to do with that. So thank you for leaving me.

You have missed so much. From my first dance to my first day of college, and you'll continue to miss everything. You won't see me graduate, you won't walk me down the aisle, and you won't get to see me follow my dreams. You'll never get that back, but I don't care anymore. What I have been through, and the struggles that I have faced have brought me to where I am today, and I can't complain. I go to a beautiful school, I have the best of friends, I have an amazing family, and that's all I really need.

Whoever you are, I hope you read this. I hope you understand that you have missed out on one of the best opportunities in your life. I could've been your daughter. I could have been your little girl. Now I am neither, nor will I ever be.

So thank you for leaving me because I am happy. I understand my self-worth, and I understand that you don't define me. You have made me stronger. You have helped make me who I am without even knowing it.

So, thank you for leaving me.

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15 Reasons Sisters Are Literally The Best Friends A Girl Could Have

10. She never lets you be bored...

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Sisters are the best! I'm lucky enough to have an older and a younger sister. Although sometimes being the middle child sucks, it has its perks, one being: having an older and younger sister.

I'll be honest and say that we do fight, but what siblings don't? I know they will always be here for me and love me as much as I love them.

1. You learn a lot from them (especially from their mistakes)...

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Everyone makes mistakes cause nobody is perfect, your sister's mistakes help you learn and vice versa. People can usually tell your sister because you act in the same manner as each other.

2. You always stick together!

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You may argue but when it comes to needing someone on your side or to back you up, you can count on her.

3. She always know just what you need to hear...

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Perks of having a sister is they've known you all your/thier life. They know your moods and behaviors and always know just what you need to hear.

4. She always know how to make you smile.

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Having a bad day? Not on your sisters watch, she knows just how to make you smile and laugh.

5. You've got your own personal hairstylist!

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She may not be the best but thats what youtube is for! Chances are, she loves messing iwth your hair as much as you enjoy her messing with your hair, even if the results aren't the best.

6. You just sort of forget who's clothes are who's...

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This may cause some arguments but eventually its forgotten and you can't stay mad at each other for too long.

7. She understands your weird cause she's weird too.

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You just get each other and don't mind how weird the other gets, and that is the best.

8. She's always got your back no matter what situation you're in...

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You might get yourself in the craziest of situations and don't know how the heck to get out of it. She will always help out to the best of her ability after she finishes laughing.

9. She knows how to have fun!

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No matter how small the gathering or even if its just you and her, you always seem to have a great time together.

10. She never lets you be bored...

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Whether its sending you funny gifs or memes or actually getting you off your butt to go do something, sisters will never let you be bored.

11. She can be completely annoying but you still love her.

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She can annoy you to the point where you just want her to buzz off, but somehow it brings a smile to your face, after you finish sulking.

12. She doesn't take any of your crap!

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Friends may just let things slide but your sister isn't afraid to stand up to you even if it gets you mad at her. So whether if your acting crappy toward her or being a downer on yourself, she'll call you out.

13. God hand picked her just for you...

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It's hard to argue that you weren't meant to be sisters when you just get each other.

14. She loves you unconditionally.

No matter what you do or who you become, you know your sister still loves you even if she doesn't always show it.

15. She'll always be there when you need her most...

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There will always be hard times during life and your sister will be there with you through thick and thin.

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