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

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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An open letter to one of my best friends on their birthday...


First of all, I probably love your birthday more than you because it’s a day solely dedicated to your existence, and no one appreciates that more than me, and this is why.

You are always my number one. When I need someone to listen to my day, you’re there, offering a hug on a bad day, a shoulder to cry on when I’m upset, or just a few words to reassure me. Most importantly, you make me laugh. Even if I’m in a bad mood, you make me laugh. When I should be embarrassed, instead I just laugh. And when I do something ridiculous myself, you make me laugh with you about it as well. Nothing can go wrong with my partner in crime there to watch my back, and of course you know I’ve got yours too.

You never know where this next year will take you, but why should that stop you. I hope this is a year where you smile a lot, learn a lot, and love a lot. I hope you discover something new and exciting, hold on to what you’ve always loved before, and find something unexpected that will amaze you like nothing else, because honestly those are the best surprises. Just remember to take me with you if you are jumping on that bus, train, or plane to explore, because you’re not getting away from me that easily.

Not going to lie, some things will change. Nothing can stay exactly the same forever. But there will always be one fan cheering you on, a person to laugh with who loves you unconditionally, and a sarcastic friend who will keep you in your place while still supporting you to no end. And why is this? Look back at all those years (wow, you’re getting old), and look at the kind of person you’ve become. You’re pretty darn awesome if I do say so myself- you make the job of ‘proud friend’ easy for me. But then again, why do you think we’re friends in the first place? I knew you were amazing before, now you’re just old(er) and amazing. We’ll take every curve ball the world throws at us and throw it back even harder, once I actually learn how to throw.

Here’s to another year of adventures. Here’s to watching movies and videos that we will quote for months, to eating ice cream and having 5-hour phone conversations. Here’s to quoting songs and never being afraid to dance along (or have you laugh at me as I dance and sing along). Here’s to the board games that you may beat me at one day, but not today. Here’s to me being clumsy and stubborn and you being slightly less clumsy but just as stubborn. Here’s to playing would you rather and knowing random facts about each other because of it. Here’s to pizza at midnight, pancakes at noon, and cake on birthdays. Here’s to another year of having you as my best friend.

Happy Birthday!

Forever and Always,

Your person

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A Letter To My Younger Self

You are strong, and you will make it through.


Reminiscing on old high school memories, I remembered all of the "issues" I was dealing with at that sudden moment. I struggled with body image, boys, and the drama between my friends. I would go home and stress about what was going to happen next and what I needed to do in order to do the right thing.

The biggest one for me was body image. I felt like I was constantly shamed for looking how I did. Especially when I got to college, I struggled even more. In college, boys didn't really become more of an issue, just probably the same amount. I was so focused on friends and school work that I thought I'd miss out on finding "the one" and be alone forever. Dramatic, I know. The friend drama existed the most freshman year, after sophomore year, everyone dispersed and found their own friends, and I was left to about two.

As always, I felt like I was in the middle of the friend drama and felt uncomfortable to be around the fighting. I ended up eventually staying to myself with one or two other friends. Basically, I think what we all need to do at some point, is write a letter to our younger selves, letting them know that it does eventually get better, we get over the battles we were fighting as children and face new battles as adults, and surprise, surprise, we get past those too.

Dear 15 year old Morgan:

First of all, don't fret over boys. The boys in your life right now are not going to follow you past your freshman year of college. The only one that will stick by your side will be Shane, although you may hate him at times, cherish him. You'll have some pretty great adventures with him, and let's face it, he truly will show that he deserves the title of brother.

You'll hang with some of the boy friends you have from high school a few times during college. You'll keep in touch and go and visit one another a few times, but nothing too much past that. That doesn't mean that they aren't great friends, because I'm sure if I reach out to them now they'd answer, but you guys will go your separate ways.

The "friends" you claim to have, don't give them a second thought. The only one that will stick by your side through it all, which I'm sure you already realized, will be Nicole. You're going to fight with her probably a dozen more times, but you two will always come back on good terms. Currently, it's better than ever in regards to your friendship with her. She will become your rock when you definitely need it the most. Do NOT take advantage of her, because she will always be there for you.

You will meet such great people in college, you will meet three/four of your absolute best friends in college. So don't pay any mind to the drama in high school currently. The girls you meet in college will be the only people that matter to you eventually. You'll replace the guy friends, too. You will be a brand new person and you won't have any second thought about high school.

Your body image will get better, then it will get worse. You will go through a lot of ups and downs throughout college in regards to how you view yourself. You will lose weight in college, but be careful with your drinking because that will bring it all back. That's where your image will go out the window in regards to how you view yourself. You need to go through a lot of b.s. in college to really appreciate yourself, and I'm sorry to tell you but it's going to suck. You are strong, and you will make it through.

Don't worry about finding "the one" while you're in college, because that campus does not have the person you're looking for. Just make absolute sure to purchase those All Time Low Tickets and GO! That's where it'll happen. Ironically, that's what you've always dreamed of right? Meeting your "one" at a concert. It will happen, you'll end up moving in together and parenting two cute cats. While I can't tell the future in regards to marriage and children just yet. I think that one should be a surprise!

You will go through some of the lowest lows that you will ever imagine, and I can tell you right now that they won't be easy. You will struggle at points with everything and it will take a lot out of you, but one thing that you need to remember is that it does get better. Everything that seems like it sucks at one point will ultimately get better. You will meet amazing people that will change your life for the better. You will find who you are and find what you need to do in this life. I can assure you that you will be great!

One piece of advice: do not lose yourself, always stay true to who you are, and do the right thing. It will always work out for you in the end. You have people in your corner, while it might not always feel like it. You have people who love you and will be there for you always.

I'll see you in a few years.

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