Her leaving California was a trial for me because I did not have her to lean on anymore and I knew that it would be difficult to find another person who I could trust as much as I did her. After she left, I got through the tough times by spending more time with my sister and I developed a greater appreciation for the times that I was able to talk to her over the phone and the times that she came and visited. Even though it was extremely hard, her leaving pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to make new friends and develop relationships with more people.
I am grateful for the memories that we had and the ones we will have, and I am also grateful for the friends I made and relationships I was able to strengthen while she was away. This trial helped me grow stronger and work on and improve skills that are very beneficial to me now.