5 Things You Realize When Your Sister Is Almost A Senior

5 Things You Realize When Your Sister Is Almost A Senior

When your sister is almost a senior, you realize how proud you are of her.

With every year that passes I am consistently astounded that not only do I get older, but so do the babies I call my younger siblings. There are certain moments where it stands out more than others, like when you realize your little sister is about to be a senior. There are a lot of things you start to realize when your sister is about to become a senior.

1. When your sister is almost a senior, you realize she is growing up too fast.

She was just a little frizzy haired four-year-old wasn't she? And now she's picking out prom dresses and taking trips with her friends. She's driving your car around then not putting gas in it because the moment everyone was dreading came and she finally got her license.

2. When your sister is almost a senior, you realize she is making her own choices.

You used to be able to tell her to do something and she'd follow without question (although admittedly those days have been over much longer than you care to admit). She's forming her own opinions and sometimes, even though you won't ever admit it, she has more knowledge on topics than you do.

3. When your sister is almost a senior, you realize she's starting a new life soon.

Instead of coming back home to steal all of her clothes out of her closet over breaks, you'll both have to dress out of the bags you packed. She won't automatically be home when you are and you'll have to go visit her at college to meet all of the new friends you know she'll be making.

4. When your sister is almost a senior, you realize she'll always need you

She might be almost eighteen now, but you're still getting late night phone calls about homework in areas you're strong in and she's weak in because you're each other's yin and yang. You might make a fuss about having to stay up late or taking half an hour over facetime to help her pick out outfits, but you wouldn't want her to call anyone else. In fact, before your next outing, you should probably call her to consult on your outfit because if we're being honest she's much more fashionable than you are.

5. When your sister is almost a senior, you realize how proud you are of her.

There are always going to be squabbles when you love someone, whether it's about her picking colleges or you staining the shirt you borrowed, but as you turn to look at the little snaggle-toothed girl you grew up with, suddenly you're face to face with a beautiful, smart and capable young woman who grew up right before your eyes. When your sister is almost a senior, you realize that the world is not ready for her but she is coming anyways.

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I Drifted But Now I'm Reaching Out

I'm not going to isolate myself anymore.

I’ve noticed that since I started college, I dropped a lot of habits. Some were habits that I really needed to get rid of, such as picking at my nails and snacking way too much. Other habits, though, I really shouldn’t have dropped. Maybe I just got too busy or lazy, or maybe it was just something for the high school me. Yeah, I’ve changed a lot in college but I’m going to try and get back into the good habits I had.

College gave me a lot of time. Suddenly I had all this free time and I realized that it was entirely up to me what I wanted to do with it. The freedom is really great, I won’t deny that, but what I noticed was that I found myself alone a lot.

Maybe it was my intention that some days I just wanted some alone time, but more often than not I found myself realizing that I hadn’t seen or talked to friends in a while. I realized I wasn’t hanging out with people anymore. I was alone.

Now, I know the importance of myself reaching out. Before I always worried that there was a reason I wasn’t seeing or talking to people as often, I mean, there was school so maybe everyone was just busy.

But I feared that I was missing out on so much was because I was unwanted in those moments. After gaining confidence, I've decided won’t isolate myself anymore. I’m an outgoing person, but I won’t be selectively outgoing anymore.

In high school, I could barely go two classrooms down without seeing someone and stopping to talk to them, and I want college to be the same way. It’s really impossible to know everyone at your college but reaching out isn’t that hard for me to do, I’ve just been lazy. I haven’t put in as much effort as I should be putting in and I know that if I want to keep some of the amazing friendships that I currently have, I need to not be distant.

It’s easy to drift away when emotions and events start piling up. Sometimes, the only thing I want to do is just lay in bed and not think about my to-do lists and schedules and problems that I have.

Once I start doing that though, I get sucked in and it becomes so hard to get the energy to get up and move. I don’t want that to be the case anymore. I don’t want to hide away with the “what ifs” and speculation as to why I didn’t go or get invited. From now on, I’m just going to go, and then see what happens.

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To My Best Friends, Thank You

I wouldn't be here if it weren't for you.

I have gone through many friends in the past few years, some that lasted a while some that only lasted a few months, but you know exactly when you found your perfect person, soulmate, best friend, the one that will never get away. It’s the friends that stick with you through the toughest times and stay.

The ones you call at 3:00 a.m. because you got into a fight with your boyfriend and can’t sleep and they stay on the phone until your ready to sleep. The ones that you can count on to pick you up because you need a ride no matter where you are.

Dear Best Friends,

I just wanted to thank you for being you and for letting me be me. Thank you for letting me feel so much like myself when I’m with you. Thank you for sharing in my happiest moments, and for listening to my saddest stories and giving compassion and empathy from wherever you are. Thank you for being the only person I ever want to confide in. Thank you for being the most beautiful person, inside and out.

Thank you for making the world a better place, just by being in it. Thank you for defining selfless, always putting others before yourself, you are going to change the world just as much as you have changed mine. Thank you for all the memories we made at Disney this year on our senior trip. Thank you for practically being my second Mom.

Thank you for setting the bar so high and making it impossible to find another friend as good as you. Thank you for making these past years we have been friends feel like forever and for giving me enough memories to last a lifetime, but not ending there.

Thank you for making me hurt when I miss you, but for taking the hurt away when I see you. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for the absolute privilege of being able to call you my best friend, thank you for being my person. Thank you for giving me these reasons, and a million more, to be thankful for.

I sometimes find myself looking back on my life and realizing how huge of a part you have played in keeping me steady when the rest of my world has been falling apart. How you have known what to say and do in the moments when I have felt all control slipping through my fingers.

Even if it’s just dropping everything and taking me for coffee, shopping and listening to me try to untangle the mess I call my life. Thank you for those days when the rest of the world is against me, for making me feel less alone. For believing every silly dream which enters my head and being excited for me about things which no one else understands. Thank you for always validating my emotions, for taking my side, for telling me when I’m wrong, for being honest.

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