Below is one of the sweetest, most encouraging and loving letter a sister could give to me. Leilani knew I was so nervous and stressed about this race. And as a loving sister, made me cry with this:
"To my Ciara,
You deserve flowers on your doorstep and coffee in the morning. You deserve lavender ice cream at 3 am (I mean, since you’re already sleepwalking) and endless supplies of blueberry tea and joint juice. You deserve honesty everyday and to be reminded of how beautiful you are (even with short hair). You deserve night full of sleep and stress free days.
In my book, ‘Swifter Than Lightning’, (which I never finished) my main girl overcame everything. She defeated evil Dr. Doom, rescued innocent strangers, destroyed the harmful chin of Reese Witherspoon that threatened the lives of the people in Napa Valley, and even found love in a young boy named Aaron. She wasn’t a hero because of her speed or super powers, she was a hero because she knew who she was and she knew of the endurance that was within her. She knew that it hurt, but she was gonna do it anyway.
This girl in my story has come a long way. She has gone from defeating evil doctors to defeating health threatening heart conditions. She as gone from a girl who saved innocent people from evil forces to raising money for people facing Leukemia and Lymphoma. You have gone from a girl fighting the villains of Napa Valley to a woman training with an injured knee. So when you’re almost at the finish line and you feel like quitting, think of that 17 year old girl who could do the impossible and know that that girl is you. But even if you don’t cross that finish line, know that I love you and you will forever be the hero of my story.”
Thank you, Leilani. You keep me going.
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