A Letter To My Older Sister

A Letter To My Older Sister

To the one who knows the ins and outs of my heart.
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To my older and better half,

I never thought that I would see the day where I would write one of these cliché and overdone articles, but here I am. My sweet sister, this short ode to you doesn't even begin to portray my admiration and love for you. You are my biggest supporter, my kindest friend, my constant protector, my better half, and my forever idol. I can't even begin to find the words to express how special you are.

You are my hero until the end of our days. No one will ever inspire me more than you. I will always be the younger sibling who wants to be just like you. There's nothing that you could ever do that would disrupt my image of you.

Thank you for loving me. Thank you for fighting off the bullies. Thank you for knowing when to dance. Thank you for knowing when to cry. Thank you for never saying "no" to Taco Bell. Thank you for your honesty. Thank you for all of the rides. Thank you for being the one who can do hair. Thank you for giving me hope. Thank you for being my best friend.

Your kindness spreads like wildfires. There is not a heart that you cannot touch. Your beauty radiates from the inside out and you are the star of every show. I hope that you never forget how talented and utterly fascinating you are. You are unstoppable. I will never stop believing in you. I will never stop cheering for you. I will never stop loving you.

"You know how the moon only glows because it's reflecting off of the sun? Well, that's me with her. She's my sun, and I only shine because she's there." -unknown

Thank you for shining so bright.

Cover Image Credit: Maison Fletcher

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An Open Letter To The Friend Who Became My Sister

Love is thicker than blood.
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Sis,

There are friends. Then, there are best friends.

According to "Grey’s Anatomy’s" Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang, they're your person. The one who, “if I murdered someone, I’d call you to help me drag the corpse across the living room floor.” You’re so much more to me than any of those titles can express.

As I’ve matured throughout the years, I’ve come to the conclusion that good friends with good hearts serve an incredibly important purpose in our lives, going above and beyond what we give them credit and appreciation for.

The family we choose. You’re one of those.

The day we met, I knew that you were going to play an important role in my life. What I had no idea of was that you would join the cast of my life with a starring role.

First, I need to say thank you. Thank you for always coming to my locker to check in before class during high school. Thank you for letting me control the music on road trips. Thank you for sharing your family with me, and addressing my family as if you were born into it.

Thank you for patiently listening to the physical embodiment of a broken record when I complain about the same boy I’ve loved since senior year. Thank you for tagging along on every doctor’s appointment, grocery run, and trip to the post office, just because you know that I hate doing things alone.

Thank you for not thinking twice before dialing when I text you “please call me.” Thank you for never saying no to a coffee date. Thank you for never giving up on me. Thank you for being my better half.

We don't share the same genetic makeup, but after all the sleepovers, heart-to-heart conversations, shopping until our bank accounts cry, and swapping clothes so often that we don’t know what belongs to whom, how could I not consider you family? We have shared some my fondest memories together, and I wouldn’t want them to feature anyone but you.

You’ve been with me on my best days, and loved me on my worst. You know how to make me laugh when all I want to do is crawl into a hole and die.

Picturing sitting in my car with you in the passenger seat makes me long for summer, where we spend three months together doing all of our favorite things. You’ve seen me naked, done my makeup, and warned me before making a poor decision. Being away from you for extended periods of time makes me feel incomplete.

You are a piece of me that I am not quite whole without. You taught me that blood doesn’t make a family; love does.

You know me better than I know myself, which is both amazing and terrifying. You make me realize I’m enough for this world, and that means more to me than I know how to express in the limited words that make up the English language.

You remind me that I am more than my mistakes, and you keep me grounded when I spiral out of control. You’ve helped me carry my burdens along with your own, even when the universe comes down on you full force, way harder than you deserve.

You’re the one I come to for the truth if I think my new dress makes me look fat, and I know you’ll be honest. I trust you with my whole heart. You know the gory details about every boy I’ve ever crushed on, every professor who was an absolute jerk, and every fight I’ve had with my mom.

I wouldn’t make it in this life without someone who already understands and listens to every thought going through my head and each thing I seriously over think, even when you know, though you don’t say, it won’t matter in a week.

With all these affectionate things being said, don’t forget our fights. The few we’ve had were very real. We still don’t see eye to eye on some events of the past, but I never told my mom about it because there was no need to make her choose a side between me and her “second daughter.

We have learned to move forward, because the love we have for each other overwhelmingly outweighs any disagreement we’ve had, and always will.

Through all the tears and laughs, I don’t think that anything the world has to offer could seriously come between us. You go to a different school than me now, and college has rudely gotten in the way of our routine of spending every waking moment together.

Since we met, we’ve grown separately without growing apart. Neither of us are the same person we used to be all those years ago. Even so, we’ve pushed each other to our limits and you’ve given me the courage to keep going and do things that make me happy.

We lean on each other when it’s been a bad day and all we want to do is to snuggle and indulge in whichever show the other is currently watching unceasingly and unabashedly for comfort (it’s the little things). Having you as my co-pilot on this crazy ride called life has been frustrating, exciting, slightly concerning, absolutely insane, and something I don’t know how I would live without, and I don’t intend to find out.

I’ll conclude this letter with a quote from every basic, white girl’s favorite musical, “I don’t know if I’ve been changed for the better, but because I knew you, I have been changed for good.”

Love you forever,

Your sis

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Unconditionally Loved

It's About Seeing The Beauty In Our Imperfections...
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Faults….

Faults. We all have faults that seem to show during moments of stress, circumstance or sadness. You know those days when you might be cranky and seem to have a permanent frown. Or maybe those days that don’t seem to be as you imagined.

Marilyn Monroe once said “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I made mistakes and I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst. Then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”

And I think that Ms. Monroe said it best. We`re not perfect, we’re human. At times we may be selfish or be pessimistic. But I think that life is about being around those that will love you through it. To love your past, your imperfections and see them as the unique facets of you.

Unconditional love. I think that what life is about. To be able to love is powerful within itself. But to love unconditionally at times can seem unfathomable yet profound act of selflessness.

Author Stephen Kendrick says “The only way love can last a lifetime is if it’s unconditional.” As he goes on to state that “The truth is: love is not determined by the one being loved but rather the one choosing to love.”

So yes, we all have faults. And that’s okay, we’re still beautiful just the way we are. And sometimes the most amazing aspects of our lives is being around those who love us unconditionally. Those that will lift your spirits. Those that will appreciate and understand those “faults” and embrace them for who they are…. You.

And as Dr, Seuss once said, “Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is your than you.” .

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