Recently, it seems that all my family can talk about is college. However, I am never part of the conversation. Next fall, when the new school year starts, my sister will no longer be living in the same house as me. For the past 16 years of my life, I have shared a living space with my role model, the person I look up to, and the girl who got me involved in BBYO. The next few months might be the last time we ever live together for our entire lives.
A little over 2 years ago, I was with some friends when I got a call from my sister. She asked me if I would be interested in joining BBYO. Of course, I jumped at the chance to finally be able to join the organization and Movement that my sister would always talk about nonstop. Finally, we were going to have something that was just for us, something special, without our parents’ involvement. Over the past couple of months, I’ve felt closer to my sister than I ever have before in my life; I have BBYO to thank for that.
When we were both elected to CVR’s 64th board last March, neither of us knew what to expect. All we knew was that we would be spending a lot of time together and would be working together very frequently. What could have torn us apart has only brought us closer. My sister is the reason I joined BBYO, and I want her to know how appreciative I am of that.
Looking forward a few months, when the last convention of the year rolls around and all my senior friends, as well as my sister, are standing in the middle of a song circle, arms all around each other and tears pouring down their faces, I know I am going to absolutely lose it. These are the people who helped teach me who I am and what I want to accomplish during my BBYO journey.
I know the future is bright for every single one of them, no matter what they choose to do with their lives. Everyone deserves a little appreciation for all the things they do. Even if you don’t have a sister or even a sibling, you are in BBYO for a reason. There are people keeping you here, making you want to go to events. Make sure you thank those people, tell them you love them, that you’re thankful for them, and what they do for you. You never know what’s going to happen, so don’t wait. Tell them now.
To my sister, my seniors, and everyone who keeps me going: I love you, I appreciate you, and thank you for being you.
Audrey Bowman is a BBG living in Fairfield, Connecticut and she enjoys kayaking in her free time.
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