To My Younger Sister, After Her Senior Night

To My Younger Sister, After Her Senior Night

Try to hold onto these memories as tight as you can.

This past week, I had the pleasure of going home from school with my best friend for a whirlwind 24-hour trip to watch my younger sister play in her high school soccer senior night. I didn't want to miss it for the world, and luckily my schedule lined up perfectly for me to take the opportunity and head home to see her play. Being over an hour away and without a car, this would be my only chance to see her play for her senior season, and I'm so glad I got to be there for her special night.

It seems like just yesterday that I was playing in my own senior night; on the football field under the lights, with the stands filled and banners and balloons decorating the bleachers. It was a chance to remember the last four years of dedication to a sport you loved so much, and a way to get a 'thank you' from the younger players, and give a 'thank you' to your parents, family, and friends so helping you achieve what you did. Now that my own senior night was two years behind me, it was nice to come back to the same type of atmosphere to help cheer on my sister and her two fellow senior teammates on their own special day.

Now to my sister specifically, try to hold on to all of these memories as tight as you can. This night was a very special one, and you probably won't get anything quite like this again. Unfortunately, your time with your high school team is fleeting, and the regular season and playoffs will be wrapped up before you know it. I've told you before that time flies your senior year, but I'm sure you weren't expecting to be celebrating your senior night so soon. I hope that you felt the love and support from all of your family, friends, and teammates last week. You've given this team so much of your blood, sweat, tears, and love these last four years, and as an amazing captain you will definitely be missed next year.

You have a lot of great high school moments to go over the next 7-8 months, so don't worry that this is the end. It's really the start of the next chapter in your life. Between getting college acceptance letters and deciding where to go next year, attending prom and senior trip, and finally graduating next June, there's so many great senior moments to go. Hopefully, your big night last week was everything you hoped it would be, and know that there's many more big moments for you to come. Even if you may be nearing the end of such an exciting soccer journey and career, it's the start of other tremendous journeys as well.

Good luck on the rest of your season, and sending lots of love back home.

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To The Girl Who Always Feels Left Out

Maybe next time...

To the girl who always feels left out,

Girl, let me just tell you, I know the feeling. It feels as though my whole life, I have been that girl. You know that feeling when you are standing in a group of people and someone comes up and asks everyone to go to lunch in that group... But you?

Or they make it even worse by saying "Oh, I guess you can come too." You guess I can come to?

No, thank you.

At that point, you feel like the only reason you are being invited is that they feel like they have to. Which more than likely is actually the case. What about when you ask your friend to hang out and she can't because she will be doing homework all night? However, an hour later, you see her with your other best friend. Oh okay cool, sorry for bothering you with my friendship.

You know you are the girl who is always left out when you are the designated "photographer" or you have to specifically ask if you can take a picture with them because they are obviously done taking pictures and did not want one with you.

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We all know "Hey, will you take this picture of us?" all too well. Am I right, ladies? Oh yeah, it is fine. I hate being in pictures. I definitely hate taking pictures to remember this wonderful time I'm having.

What about when you and your friends discuss doing something later during the week and you ask about it but "It's probably not happening anymore." Then you check and would you look at that, your "friends" are having fun without you.


Oh but don't worry about it, I had things to do anyway. You know, clean the house, work on homework that is due next week, binge-watch The Office for the third time this week. Fun stuff. Oh and better yet when you see your friends are hanging out without you. The next time they see you, they talk about how much fun they had.

Oh yes, please tell me about how much fun you had without me. I totally enjoy hearing about how "I totally missed out" and "I should have come." Well, an invite would have been well appreciated. But maybe next time, right? Wrong.

Yeah, I know what you are thinking, "Wow this girl is being so petty." Well if you are thinking that, then you obviously do not know the feeling. And to think about it, you probably are not the one in the friend group who is being left out. So think about who that person is and make them feel included next time. It would be greatly appreciated. You do not know how much of a difference it could make.

Yes, I know everyone feels left out sometimes, but time after time, it starts to get really old. Then after you have to start inviting yourself to hang out with people, you realize well since they are not inviting me themselves, maybe they don't want me here. And then surprisingly, you stop hanging out with them. Hmmm, I wonder what could've possibly happened.

Yes, I know, most people do not do this on purpose. I am sure I have even done it once or twice without realizing it, and I am truly sorry.

From one left out girl to another,

Good Luck

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9 Things You Hear Growing Up As An Only Child

No, I don't get lonely.


Having no siblings definitely has its ups and downs, but I wouldn't have it any other way! Most people jump to the conclusion that you're spoiled or were an accident since your parents didn't have other kids, but being an only child is actually amazing. While my parents didn't give me every single thing I wanted, they taught me lots and I did earn everything I got.

1. Don't you get lonely?

Well, no, I do have friends. It also helped growing up when technology wasn't quite exactly where it is today. Everyone would play outside or with each other as opposed to behind a screen, and it kept everyone more connected. It also taught me that it's okay to spend time alone and it can actually be refreshing.

2. Do you wish you had siblings?

Occasionally growing up, the thought crossed my mind, but I never dreaded not having siblings.

3. Do you get everything you want?

Haha! Not even close!

4. You must be spoiled

With love, definitely. I might have gotten more than if I were to have a sister or brother, but my parents definitely taught me how to work for what I want.

5. Why didn't your parents want more kids?

When you do it right the first time, why would you need to have more? It just isn't what my parents wanted, but it worked out just fine.

6. Are your parents stricter since there are no other children to focus on?

I wouldn't say that fact alone makes a parent more or less strict. Yes, there were more eyes and focus on me, but my parents still allowed me to do things with friends and have freedoms.

7. What's it like being an only child?

I wouldn't consider it anything special. It was just how I grew up and I think I had a pretty good childhood.

8. You must not like to share

You're right, I don't. Who does? But it doesn't mean I can't or don't know how to.

9. Are you close with your parents?

Absolutely, and I love it!

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