Written by Jonida Ndreaj

While I was organising last year’s photos in different folders, as I have OCD, I found an older pic of you, that was out of order (obviously). “Bonita”, I said to myself, ”she hasn’t changed a bit”.
I could still see that little brat with a curious mind and a generous heart. The little girl with wavy hair, that wanted to try everything and anything, except broccoli, of course. The incredibly intelligent kid that, despite the age difference, always understood what was going on my mind.
I’ve learned so much from you and your precious advice, that sometimes I think you must be the older one and just manipulated me to think you’re the youngest.
It’s funny how much you’ve helped me grow through all these years. Even though we live in different countries, I can still hear your wise, super long monologues about being confident and enjoying life.
That’s because I know you used to say them while I was sleeping. Now they’re buried in my memory.
If you would tell me (and you did) that I would be studying abroad in a wonderful place, with amazing people, in a field that I’m passionate about, I wouldn’t believe you (and I didn’t).
Thank you for seeing the potential in me and for always believing in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.
Every time I come back home, tired, but with sparkling eyes, you come to mind. The image of that confidence, that everything will turn out just fine if you do your best, plays in my head. You were right, once again.
Bonita, don’t change! Keep that faith, those Pinterest worthy quotes, and your passion alive. I know that not all days will be smooth and flawless, and I know that you might feel like you need to take a break from everything, but I also know that you will find incredible joy and fulfilment in what you’re doing.
You know that I’m not the best when it comes to words, but I just wanted to say that I’m eternally grateful to have you in my life, my sister and my best friend.

Stay kind as always,
Jonida