“unlike me, she was not shy; she was a real people-pleaser. she worried way too much what people thought about her, wore her heart on her sleeve, expected too much from people, and got hurt too easily. she kept other people’s secrets like a champ, but told her own too fast. she expected the world not to cheat her and was always surprised when it did. she loved to talk about the wild things she wanted to do in the future. she worried a lot about whether she was good enough. it was surprising to see how relieved she seemed whenever i told her how amazing she was. i wanted her to feel strong and free. she was beautiful when she was free.”