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I called my brother to tell him about something new I’d tried. Just updating him on my adventures. He laughed and told me he was so happy that I was enjoying my life. He reminded me (as he always does) that that’s what it’s all about. “Live your life, little sister. It’s yours,” he loves to say.

And then I say (through burning eyes):

“I’m having such an amazing time. I’m learning a lot about myself and experiencing life in a way I never really knew I would.

I’m scared to lose this. I’m scared that if I get into another relationship, I’ll lose all that I’ve gained. I’ll lose my balance. I’ll choose wrong. And then have to forfeit