To my best friend

But I hope if you take anything away from this letter, it’s that you were a part of my home and are to thank for the woman I am today.

By Camila Isopo Novi

Hello there!

Kako si? As I’m writing you this letter, I’m thinking about the prices I’d have to pay to purchase a ticket to Uruguay or to Miami. I’m thinking of traveling to England one day soon. It’d be cool if I got to go to Bosnia too. But I have no idea what the price is for that ticket. There’s so much I’ve gotten done and so much I have left to do in the meantime. Especially, within the next four weeks leading up to my graduation. You’ve been on my mind a lot lately. It’s probably because I’m entering into yet another life stage. I’m launching into the very official beginning of my career. Whatever that career may end up being. And I’m launching into the rest of my life. The milestones from here on out will be more sporadic, awaited for yet unexpected, and currently completely unknown. I’m graduating at 22 years old from college like I’m supposed to do. I’m job searching like I’m supposed to do. I’m doing other things too. Things that take up a lot of time, attention, and energy. And somehow, I still find the time, attention, and energy to think of you. I’m graduating at twenty-two years old like we were supposed to do. A genius top student among other things, there’s nothing you deserved more than to graduate and see your dreams come true. That’s why I’m thinking of you. And that’s why I’m writing you this letter. And that’s why I’m having a hard time doing it. Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say. That I’ve been up to so much, that I’m going to do so much more, and I’m not sure you are, but I hope you’re watching from above. I can’t possibly fill you in on everything that’s happened to me and our loved ones in this letter. But I hope if you take anything away from this letter, it’s that you were a part of my home and are to thank for the woman I am today. I’m going to accomplish everything I set my mind to because you can’t anymore. And because you would have competed with me relentlessly, pushing me to do better than my best each time. And one more thing…I took one of your medals. I’m keeping it and you can’t do anything about it.

I’m graduating at twenty-two years old from college like I’m supposed to do. I’m job searching like I’m supposed to do. I’m doing other things too. Things that take up a lot of time, attention, and energy. And somehow, I still find the time, attention, and energy to think of you. I’m graduating at twenty-two years old like we were supposed to do. A genius top student among other things, there’s nothing you deserved more than to graduate and see your dreams come true. That’s why I’m thinking of you. And that’s why I’m writing you this letter. And that’s why I’m having a hard time doing it. Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say. That I’ve been up to so much, that I’m going to do so much more, and I’m not sure you are, but I hope you’re watching from above. I can’t possibly fill you in on everything that’s happened to me and our loved ones in this letter. But I hope if you take anything away from this letter, it’s that you were a part of my home and are to thank for the woman I am today. I’m going to accomplish everything I set my mind to because you can’t anymore. And because you would have competed with me relentlessly, pushing me to do better than my best each time. And one more thing…I took one of your medals. I’m keeping it and you can’t do anything about it.