The Person Who Saved Me From Drowning, Raekwon

by Anesia Bolling

It’s not hard for me to know who is the most influential and helpful person I ever met was. For me, he was the first person I ever looked up to. I would always have contests with him just to prove to him that I was good enough, but I was always good enough for him. His name is Raekwon and he’s my cousin, older than me by a year. He basically helped raise me and teach me to be independent and never give up. I look up to him because he had his own struggle{s} dealing with two little brothers ad three little sisters, but he never forgot about me. 

He was there for me when I needed someone to talk to. He took care of me when I was sick. He taught me how to play video games. And when it came to school he challenged me mentally. Now I’m about to graduate high school and I’ve never really had any bad grades. I thank him for this, because he made me want to learn more so I could be as smart as him. I thank him because when I went through a stage of depression I was extremely lost. He was the one who turned on the light and gave me back my hope. I never truly told him how much he means to me.

He is my role model, my hero, my cousin, my big brother, my everything. He is the guy who taught me that no matter how hard life gets, no matter if I fall to the ground, I have to get back up, dust myself off, and keep on moving. I trust him with me life and I know if I feel I can’t get up, he’ll rush to my side and help me get up on my own. We have an unbreakable bond that words on a piece of paper can’t truly explain. Love is not strong enough to express my feelings for him.

I plan to thank him soon for teaching me to stand on my own two feet. Something I would not have brung {brought} up while we were kids because it wasn’t cool and I had too much pride. But now I feel so proud of my big brother as he goes to college and he is my inspiration to go as well. I can’t help but to say I adore you, Raekwon, my cousin, my brother…..no. My hero. 

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