Letter for an Inspiration

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Letter for an Inspiration

Dear S.,

I’ll never forget the complete rush of relief I felt when we both recognized each other at camp two summers ago. Though we’d gone to school together for years, we hadn’t really gotten the chance to get to know each other. But that summer, you became one of the best friends I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.

You have been a true inspiration in my life and in the lives of everyone you love. You have pushed me to pursue my dreams, pushed me to become comfortable in who I am, pushed me to look deep inside myself, and pushed me through just about every breaking point I’ve experienced in the past two years. You have been there for me when I couldn’t even be there for myself. You have been there for me when your own life has been a struggle.

You carry the world on your shoulders, it seems. But I don’t see you complain. You are the epitome of love, compassion, kindness, and care. You always tell me that I will change the world someday, but I’ve always thought it would be you. I see you change the worlds of everyone you love day after day after day.

I know we’ve drifted apart some since last summer. We lost touch while you were at camp and I was spending the summer healing. But even though we weren’t as close as we used to be, you were still my inspiration. It was your voice I heard, the words you spoke at Panjo’s Pizza that day when you looked at me across the table and said, “You know how there are some people you meet, and you just know they’re going to be someone big someday? You’re one of those people. I think you’re going to change the world.” 

Or when you sat me down and had me write a contract for myself of a list of goals I would have to accomplish before the end of the year. And I did. 

Or when, after going months without talking, you sent me a handwritten letter telling me again that I would change the world. That I needed to keep reaching for my goals because I would accomplish them as long as I kept reaching.

And I’ve still kept the letters and mixed tapes you gave me for every holiday and Music Monday. I’ve cherished everything you have given me. Even when I was disappointed that we weren’t as close as we used to be anymore.

Because you are my inspiration. You keep me going when I want to give up. You were one of the first people to tell me that I was worth something, and pushed me to believe it. You made me believe in myself, and that’s a tough job. 

I want you to know that no matter where life takes us I’ll always remember that because of you I didn’t give up. You are my inspiration, and I love you more than words can express. And get ready. Because when my dreams come true, you can bet your name will be mentioned a million times in thanks.

But until then, I know you’ll be changing the world one heart at a time. And hopefully, I’ll see you soon.

With love,


Kayla

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