Creative Writing: Soul Sisters

Creative Writing: Soul Sisters

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It is now six months later to the day— August 4. London and I are in the middle of the New York trip of our dreams, and life is good. We have been wandering the streets aimlessly, seeing Broadway shows, and eating the most delicious food I have ever tasted. It is beyond anything we ever could have imagined!

London has been responding well to treatment and is most certainly on her way to being cured. The doctors think that within about one and a half to two years, she will be in remission. By far, the best news I have ever heard.

As for me, I will be attending NYU in the fall. I did not want to since London could not be with me like we always planned, but she encouraged me to. She plans to take classes online and join me in the city as soon as she can. All I can say is that I cannot wait for that day!

These past few months have been such a whirlwind for both London and myself. When I think back to the day when my mom told me about London’s diagnosis, I do not think I ever would have thought we would have been where we are now. Although it is in no way ideal, I think London’s leukemia made us both stronger. We have learned so much more about each other, as well as grown immensely as individuals. I feel that sometimes, the bad things that happen in our lives help us to appreciate the good things even more.

The day of my surgery, when I was in recovery and had just woken up, the doctor came in and told me he thought I was a hero for what I did for my friend.

“I’m definitely not a hero,” I told him, “all I did was help a friend who needed me.”

“Ah,” he said, “but don’t you see? That’s just it! Those who do not realize what they are doing is heroic— now those are the most heroic people of them all.”

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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Four Quarters Will Always Be Better Than Ten Dimes, And I'm Not Talking About Spare Change

Quality over quantity any damn day.

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"You would rather have four quarters than 10 dimes, 20 nickels, or 100 pennies," is a phrase that at first glance would seem to just be about money. But it actually contains a deeper meaning that could definitely serve as good advice when it comes to the friendships you have in your life.

As an ambivert, I have always found myself happier when I surrounded myself with a large group of friends. It gives you a sense of belonging, something that is a proven innate human desire. Having large groups can be fun, but they also equally have the chance of being toxic for you. There's no point in surrounding yourself with individuals if, at the end of the day, they don't make you happy. Often times you'll hang out with people just because you crave company, but not THEIR company. There is a very important distinction.

Don't let your loneliness or your desire for more friends allow you to be consumed into toxic friendships. Because I have been there and done that. Many times. It's not a fun experience. It took me time to learn, but I have learned the valuable lesson of less being more. When you eliminate extraneous beings from your life, you have more time to focus on your more important relationships and the most crucial one of all, the one you have with yourself.

I am very blessed to say that people that I am close to in my life genuinely care for me and my happiness because this was not always the case. It takes a lot of trial and error, and also greatly impacts your mental health, but finding the right friend group for you is definitely life-changing.

Choose your friends wisely, you don't want a wallet full of useless change.

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