A Promise From the Not-Really-Aunts & Uncles

A Promise From the Not-Really-Aunts & Uncles

We may not be officially related, but I'll always be your family.

A Promise From the Not-Really-Aunts & Uncles
Taylor DeMarco

We all have seen the Open Letters from Aunts and Uncles to their nieces and nephews. They are adorable, relatable (even if we aren't one ourselves) and just down right precious. What there seems to be lack of, are the letters from the role models that are not technically an Aunt or Uncle, but they have a bond just like any relative would. So, to my fellow nope-cles and not-nties, this one is for you!

To My Not-Really-Niece/Nephew,

Though we may not be related by blood or marriage yet, I see no difference in our love. When we first met, I was in complete awe. A little person in sleeping right in front of me and has the potential to do anything they want to do in life. I could be holding a future Hugh Jackman, feeding the upcoming master brain surgeon or playing with someone capable of making the cure for cancer. The possibilities of what you can achieve are endless and I cannot wait to watch you make your milestones and succeed.

I will try my hardest to be the role model you need as you grow. I will teach you what it takes to work hard and never settling for less. I will never stop encouraging you and becoming your cheerleader through it all. You will never go a day without feeling 100% support and love while I'm around. I will make sure you know how truly blessed you are for having such a great family and being around people that love you so much.

I see how bright your future is every time I look into your eyes. Your smile is contagious, as well as you laughter, and you are going to bring joy to so many peoples lives. You've impacted the people you've met for the better already, just wait until you can actually start walking and talking!

Things will get rough, don't get me wrong. Life is a tough obstacle course, no matter who you are or how old you get. And with all this, I just have my advice to give you: Never give up. Never let anything stop you. Use the negatives in your life as motivation and be a fighter. You have the power to change anything, so do it. Show everyone what you have in you, even if you fail. Never settle for what you don't deserve. Strive for greatness and achieve your goals. Set your standards high and never look back. Always respect others, including your parents. Lastly (and most importantly), love harder and don't expect anything in return. Jump oceans for people, even if they won't leap puddles for you. Always be the bigger person and stay kind.

I am so excited to see you grow. You have the chance to do something great, don't waste it. I love you and I'm always here for you, not matter what!


You Not-Really Aunt/Uncle

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

Mental health is not an easy endeavor. It's not a fad. It's not a bandwagon that you can hop on and off of whenever you want to. Your yearly dose of sadness is not depression. I'm not here to define what depression — or anxiety, or any other type of mental health issue looks like — but I will tell you what it's not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Photo by Sonnie Hiles on Unsplash

Whether it's dealing with a global pandemic or getting fired from your job, the fear of not knowing can become consuming if it isn't controlled. Below are some easy ways to take back control and establish a peace of mind.

Keep Reading... Show less

My South Asian Roots Inspire My Future Career As Both A Scientist And Journalist — Here's How

Being born to culturally diverse parents, I feel like I have the best of both worlds!

Erikka Chowdhury

To all of those who don't know me, I'm an American girl with South Asian parents who have carved their own niche as immigrants in the USA.

Keep Reading... Show less

I sometimes look back at the days when I had anorexia and think to myself what would have happened if I had taken another bite? Nowadays, I spend days dreading over my figure and wondering if the old sundresses and outfits even fit. I tell myself that they do, but I feel like reality holds a different truth.

Keep Reading... Show less

About a year ago, I began my own fitness journey. Growing up, I had played soccer and kept busy, but after an injury cut my soccer career short I suddenly became very inactive. It took years of misfires before I finally found a new active passion for weight lifting. Getting started is never easy, and setting up for success is the best plan of action to assist anyone in your life who is thinking about starting their own journey. These are a few items you can gift for the fitness rookie in your life:

Keep Reading... Show less

I oftentimes (excessively) use the excuse of my job as a writer to justify my excessive spending habits.

I needed the new Huda Beauty palette before anyone else in the name of journalistic integrity. It was my job to test out the new Francis Kurkdjian fragrance to make sure I could tell people whether or not it was truly worth the splurge (it was).

Keep Reading... Show less

The beaches are starting to open up. At least in Cape Cod, where my family and I were able to vacation this week. Near our house, we have a bit of a private beach, which is great.

Keep Reading... Show less

I remember the days where closet drinking before going to a party or bar was part of the night's itinerary. It was a requirement to have a good buzz flowing before calling the Uber to take you to that bar where you see everyone from your high school at. The pregames were the best part of the night, but it wasn't ever because of the alcohol, it was because of the atmosphere and those who were in it. The number of times I've heard "Wait, why aren't you drinking tonight? C'mon, get drunk with us" is endless, but think about it. Where were you when you were asked that? You were at the goddamn pregame and being there doesn't mean you need to be ripping shots. Being social doesn't require alcohol.

I asked 20 people how they cut back on alcohol while still being social.

Keep Reading... Show less

Listen, you can do whatever you want with your free time. It's yours to spend and you have free range. However, I hope you recognize that there are a ton of proactive things you can do right now instead of stalking your man's ex – yes, I know you do it becuase we are all guilty of it.

Take this time to research your privilege. There are always new things to learn and ways to deepen your understanding of yourself, this world, and your surroundings. We live in a multi-dimensional, ever-changing society that needs your help and your time. By that, I mean there are so many layers to each and every one of us, and with our physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional selves, we can create real, positive change.

Keep Reading... Show less

This Viral Miami University Instagram Page Features Stories Of The Victims Of Discrimination On Campus

There's a new wave of battles for change on Miami University's campus, and Dear Miami is at the root of the fuel to the fire.

There's a lot going on right now, and everything is extremely uncertain. Some of the largest and time-old issues we're facing heavily right now are the ones around human rights.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments