An Open Letter To My Sisters

An Open Letter To My Sisters

Thank you for all you do.

To the most beautiful humans I know,

You mean the world to me. I couldn’t imagine this world without you. You have opened my mind up to an unlimited amount of things and taught me more than I could have ever imagined. For this, I wish to thank you.

Thank you for always being the one to call at all hours of the night.

You know it — the laughs, the screams and the cries, you know it even before I tell you. You are always there eager to listen and really hear me. You are there to be able to give me the right amount of advice, and know when to step back and just let me talk. Sorry for waking you up endless times over the nights.

Thank you for making living with mom and dad a bit more bearable.

Arguments with them could be pretty dangerous without either of you two. I know when the three of us are together there is no way that we are losing to the parents. You are my sidekicks, the ones who always have the perfect stab to take at either of them.

Thank you for understanding and making the inside jokes.

Yes, you soup face. I am talking to you. We have created a new language, a code per se. We have realized a way in which we can talk to each other that others will not. You understand the “sentence” composed of about three words and too many syllables that originally made no sense, thanks for understanding my gibberish.

Thank you for supplying my second closet.

Just let me borrow it please! I swear I won’t lose it, rip it, and I will definitely not stain it like last time ...

Thank you for being my second mom.

Yes, I know text you when I get there to let you know that I am safe. Yes I won’t drink and drive. Yes I will be smart. Yes I understand. Yes I am sure.

Thank you for being my partner in crime.

You always have my back, regardless of our situation. You let me know if my breath smells like alcohol or to put away the goods because mom is coming downstairs. You have my back when we are doing something stupid or playing pranks. You saved me and took the blame whenever it was needed. You were down to teepee the next house, and hide in the woods. You were there through the little mistakes and then to witness the ones that we won't publish here.

Thank you for being my best friend.

You know it all. You know my favorite color, my biggest pet peeves, the one thing that scares me the most, the boy that I will never get over, and most importantly my faults. You are the one who shares my puppy addiction and binge eat at 2 a.m. You are the one who is there to wipe up my tears and celebrate my happiness. You are the one who can be miles away and still calm me down through the deepest pain. You know exactly how to treat every situation I get caught up in.

You are there for me. You will always be there for me. I thank you because you both the most amazing people I have ever met. Your minds fill me with joy. Your accomplishments astonish me. You never fail to impress me. Thank you for showing me what it means to love someone so much.

I love you both to the moon and back googleplex times.

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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You Don't Have To See Your Friends Every Day

We all have lives that we're trying to balance.


For as long as I can remember, whenever I would have no plans and go on Snapchat to see all my friends having fun without me, I would get FOMO. I'd get really sad and think that they didn't care about me because they didn't invite me. It would get me in such a bad mood that it would ruin any chance of going out with someone else who wanted to hang out.

I don't know if it was just my anxiety of people hating me or if it was a fear of missing out (FOMO). Even recently, it has gotten me down. However, over the past month or so, I finally realized something: you don't have to hang out every day to still consider each other friends.

Everyone has a life that they're trying to balance, especially after high school. People work (maybe even more than one job) and go to school. Some have to take care of family members or do things for their family. Some people are focusing on themselves. Some have relationships to maintain. Whatever it is, we all have lives that we're trying to balance.

We all want to have fun, but school, work, and our families are the priorities.

Even if they're out hanging with other people, it doesn't mean that they don't want to hang out with you. Free time is served on a "first come, first serve" basis. It's hard to balance hanging out with multiple people.

I also learned that it doesn't matter the number of friends you have. What truly matters is the quality. Ask yourself, "Who's there for me when I really need someone?" The people who are there for you when you really need someone to talk to are your TRUE friends.

It's not easy to be there for someone and make them feel better. If they offer to listen or give advice, they care!

I know that it may feel like you have no friends sometimes, but that's not true. Life after high school is hard at times. You're an adult. You have to do adult things and take care of yourself first.

You have to realize that everyone has a busy schedule and not all your friends' schedules will align with yours, but that's okay! You don't need to hang out with friends every day to consider them your friends. What truly matters is if they are there for you when you need them.

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