You are smart. You are brave. You are special. You have so much potential in you, and I tear up a bit watching it pour out of you. You never fail to put a smile on my face. I am so thankful to have you in my life.
When I was growing up, I used to wonder what it would be like to live as an only child. Now, I don't want to know. I don't know what I would do without you, all of you. I remember being your age and wanting to be an adult. Trust me, I know it all. I wanted to grow up and learn how to drive, and get a job so I can make my own money. I couldn't wait to be old enough to stay out late with my friends and just be able to do what I wanted to do.
Believe me when I tell you that it comes faster than you think. Before you know it, you'll go from wearing onesies to throwing your cap in the air at graduation. It goes by terribly fast.
So my advice to you is to enjoy it. Enjoy every day you get to wake up and not pay for anything. Enjoy every single sports game you play, as it will not be like that forever.
Be friends with everyone. Do not rush to get anywhere fast, and always take the long way home. Be truthful, and trustworthy. Do not put yourself in a situation you know is bad before you get in it.
Be close with each other, always. Have each other's backs right or wrong. You need to stick together. No one should come in between the bond you all have. No one. Please take care of each other.
Be kind to your mom and spend time with your dad. Don't forget as you get older, they do too. Do not take advantage of the days you have left with them. Every day is a blessing you were given.
Be optimistic and loud. Be creative and inspiring. I am inspired by you every day, pushing me to be a better person. You give me hope and keep me humble. There is nothing more in this world that I love more than you. Don't ever forget that.
I will forever cherish the days I got to hold your tiny hands and play peek-a-boo with you. I will never forget the constant laughter and random conversations we always had together or our time spent on vacations.
I will always remember watching you take your first steps and teaching you how to ride a bike. Please know that I will always be here for you. I am never too far away. I would walk across land masses and swim through oceans if that is what I had to do to get to you.
I would give all I have for you to stay small, for you to have no regrets, and for you to always have a smile on your face.
I will be there for you whenever you need. I won't let anyone hurt you, or put you down. You have the world in the palm of your hands. And at this very moment, you can be anything you want. Follow your dreams, take risks.
I will always have your back in any situation. I will always be one call away. You all have one sister. Me. And I could not be more grateful to have that position in your life. You are so important to me.
You will always be my number one best friend.
So here I am, starting this new chapter in my life, scared as hell as what's to come. But I know that if I fall, you will be there to pick me up.
And I know you want to, but please try to stay simple, stay innocent. This is not a world you want to rush into. I wish I didn't.