Someone wrote a letter on (1/23) realizing we are growing up with LTC. And looking back I realized I experienced all my firsts with LTC. Over the years, I saved all my letters in a bookmarks folder on my computer.

My first letter to a crush in 8th grade.

The letter after my first kiss.

The nervous letter before I went to my first high school dance.

The letter to my first real boyfriend.

The hopeful letter before I left for my first year of college.

The letter after my first break up.

The letter after my first real heart break when my Olivia died.

The letter after I lost my virginity.

The letter of pure excitement over my sister's engagement.

The letter before my first real "he picks you up and pays for you" date.

The letter to my first real Valentine.

The letter after my college graduation dreaming of what or really who is out there for me.

And then so many in between to crushes, friends, family, myself, but mostly to all of you LTC people. Each one building bridges through my life filling in the feelings of love, hope, sadness, excitement, loneliness, happiness, passion, anger. All of them are written with such unabashed emotion, I know due to an unbelievably, wonderful and accepting community.

Without realizing it LTC gave me portal to go back in time. Looking back at all of my letters is like reading my own love story. And you know what, I think it is pretty damn beautiful so far.




Dear Heart:

Please stop getting involved in everything. Your job is to pump blood, that's it.

Hey, I hope you're doing okay. I have faith in everything you do. I love you, don't ever forget.

~IMPORTANT PLEASE READ~

everyone who is on here venting, ranting, trying to feel better about yourself, or just here because you don't know what to do with yourself anymore. maybe you've hit rock bottom, maybe you are going through a really hard time, I don't know what you're going through or who you are but it doesn't matter. if you are reading this right now, I want you to know that you are good enough. you are beautiful. you are amazing in your own unique way. you are loved. don't let anyone tear you down. you are so strong and no one can bring you down. so anyone that is still reading this and needs inspiration, just know that no matter what you are going through, you will get through it. I believe that with all of my heart. take a few deep breaths, turn on your favorite music, dance, eat a pint of ice cream if you need to. all I'm saying is, do what you need to to feel better. You will get through whatever you're going through.


Always...

Someone who cares

I don't know how much longer I have..

My medical condition is getting worse.. way worse..

I can't even open a water bottle without help.. my muscles are getting weaker and weaker.

the doctors say I will survive this, it will just be long and painful.

I want nothing more that to make things right with you, to get you back. But you don't want that, youre ignoring me. And it hurts..

I don't know how much longer I have..

But if I happen to not make it by the time you let me in again, please know that I love you.

I will always love you and no one will ever compare to you. And I am so sorry for what i did.

i dont know how much longer I have,

But I hope I get to spend most of my time left with you, if you let me.


~McKinzie

I like having "safe crushes." Like, that person to whom you're vaguely attracted, like MAYBE you would kiss 'em if the chance presented itself but you're not actually concerned with ever doing anything about it. Maybe they're a regular customer or someone you pass on the way to work every day and you don't really know anything about them except they seem cool and they have a nice face and it's fun to smile at them. Does that sound stupid? I have one of those crushes.

I hope you are safe, wherever you are.

I've never seen anyone make glasses look as magical as you do.

We're having prom at the art museum this year and maybe she'll be one extra masterpiece that night.

She has this laugh where she just smiles and shakes uncontrollably and sometimes tears slide down her face and I think if I can just witness that for the rest of my life I'll be good