To a Wondrous Traveler. From Chloe Riggs.

October 15, 2019

Dear Wondrous Traveler,

Do you remember when we met? I am sure we met before this time, but you never introduced yourself to me until then. Or maybe I just never allowed you to.  It was when I decided to make the biggest decision of my life; the decision to let you in, trusting that you would not leave to find a better client. 

That day, I was overwhelmed with a lot of problems in reality. I was stuck in my own head, second guessing every move I made because I was scared. I was upset, and I felt like there was no escape. I felt like I would be stuck in that unbearable world forever. When I was at my all time low, that was when you made your appearance. You magically drew my eyes towards you as I was getting into bed. You sat on the shelf, the only things around you being sentiments from my family members, with some sort of appeal shining on your spine. My hands instinctively pulled you off of the shelf, bringing you in the bed with me, and placing you in the spotlight of my lamp. When you opened your arms, sending me to the first page of a wonderful journey, you saved my life. 

You brought me into another world, one where models were getting kidnapped and a young teenage girl was hired to save the day. The intention was to be a model herself, but she wasn’t the just-stand-still-and-look-pretty type, so she made it her job to help the missing girls. She practically hired herself. 

That trip we took was when you first grabbed my attention. After that, we traveled to different states in the country, we sailed underwater, and experienced other people’s firsts. You took me to Italy to watch a girl overcome the grief from her deceased mother and the anxiety of meeting her father for the first time. We traveled into a world that represented the importance of family and friends. You took me to the beach, showing me the love triangle that was happening to three childhood friends. You even took me into different dimensions!

Everything you did showed me how to live. You taught me that new experiences are required for a good life, even if they aren’t as rare as we expected them to be. You encouraged me to be who I am and to stand up for what I believe is right. You influenced my life in a way that I never expected. You tore down the barrier I was building when you first caught my attention. You came in and knocked it down.

You are a wonderous thing, taking more journeys than physically possible. You hold a million secrets that are only exposed to those who you deem as right. There are so many things I could say to you, yet none of them would be enough. However, I do want to say something, even though it does not amount to the long list of things you did for me. Thank you, Books, for everything you have done for me as well as the rest of the world. You are the true VIP!

Sincerely Yours,

Chloe Riggs

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