To My Baby Brother

To My Baby Brother

Who is not so little anymore.

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Dear Baby Brother,

Every time I come home it feels like you have grown a million feet taller. Sometimes this is true.

Every time I ask about you I notice how much you are growing up.

I want you to know how proud I am of you. You are growing up to be so respectful, so loving, and so caring; traits I often times don't see enough anymore.

I want you to know that you should never change who you are. You should never think you are ordinary but absolutely amazing. You never let anyone's words change you, and that is something I have always loved about you.

You remain unapologetically yourself, and in this day and age, that is so rare.

You are successful with whatever you put your mind to. You are one of the brightest people I know. The way you think is so original and creative.

I remember over six years ago you told our parents you wanted to begin drum lessons, and since then you cease to amaze me.

As the years go by you continue to amaze me with your big heart and giving nature.

I'm sorry that I'm no longer there for you every minute of every day but know that I will always be here for you. Please know that I am just a phone call away.

I miss you constantly, even though we had our problems you are still my favorite person in the world.

I want you to know how important you are and always will be to me. I want you to know how much you can and will change the world.

Please continue to be you and never let anyone tell you otherwise. You are not annoying, but full of life. I want you to know how beautiful that is. You will succeed in everything you ever put your mind to. You are capable of so much.

Please never change who you are. Please keep me in mind when you're famous and successful. You are smarter and more kind than you will ever believe. A room lights up whenever you're in it. Your energy for life is unmeasurable.

I want you to know how special you actually are. I hope this article is helping you see that a little bit. I love you!

Love,

Your older sister

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Girls with anxiety are different than the average girl when it comes to relationships. That's just an honest statement, no matter how much it hurts me to say it.

We need the constant reminder that you love us, even though we know in our hearts that you do. We panic when you don't answer your phone, in fear that we did something wrong. We care about your feelings when you say that we don't need to worry and we need to be a little calmer. But it's so damn hard.

It isn't easy to love someone who worries about everything 24/7. Half the time, we know we shouldn't be doing the things we do. We know we shouldn't blow up your phone or ask just one more time if you are mad at us. But we can't help it. It says it right in the definition: compulsive behavior due to excessive uneasiness.

Being with a girl with anxiety is probably downright exhausting. It's exhausting for us to have our minds constantly running and worrying. But I promise it's worth it.

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There was never a time I wanted to have a panic attack because my boyfriend wasn't answering his phone. In my head, I knew where he was because he was usually in the same three places. I knew he wasn't mad at me because I didn't do anything to make him upset. I knew how busy he was with his classes and he was probably studying and I needed to give him space. But the little voice in my head always argued, "What if you did something wrong? What if he's ignoring you because he's angry? What if he's seen your messages and calls, but no longer wants to be with you?" And then I give in. I call, I text, I cry, I panic. Only to feel even worse 10, 30 or 50 minutes later because you answer angrily, telling me what I already knew after I did what I knew I shouldn't have done.

Having anxiety is almost like having a drug addiction. You know all the things that trigger you. You know all the ways to stay away from the bad places in your mind so you don't end up relapsing. But you do anyway and it hurts worse every single time.

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The truth is that dating anybody with anxiety is difficult, but it isn't impossible. You get back everything you put in, even though you may not realize it. Trust me, she is sorry for being the annoying, crying, worried, naggy mess and it embarrasses her because she knows better and she wants to be better for you. But please love her. Hold her, understand her, listen to her, calm her, be there for her. In your heart, you know she would turn around and do all the same things for you in a heartbeat.

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