by Derra Nicole Sabo
A wonderful opportunity borne out of a complex and challenging experience, to recall the good times with loved ones, the chance to express the rarely spoken profound specifics of what binds friends and family together.
Derra Sabo shares a bit of her world with you in this delightful memoir filled with "letters" to family and friends. Overcoming challenges by simply living life; Derra shares her experiences here in hopes of helping the reader gain an appreciation for life as it happens.
This is a heart-warming collection of letters to loved ones that explores the wonder, frailty and extraordinary qualities of friendship, family, love and life.
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know one another yet. So wait, hold up, I guess I’m starting you off in my present... Yep, we’ll go with that.
Less confusion. I’m beginning you at my present and we shall travel back together through the madness. Sounds
Three months before the big day (aka turning 30), I wrote several letters to my family and friends reminiscing down memory lane. Each one kissed with personal touches of memorable moments, lessons impressed into myself and lessons that I hope I impressed into their hearts. Confessions released (I figured it’s safe to release some evidence due to the statute of limitation now being up), laughter turned into spontaneous smiling and tears stubbornly shed. All these snippets of my life and mind locked away in a long white paper rectangle labeled “My last kiss goodnight”.
Now I’m assuming that after reading this you have a possible conclusion swimming around your brain and if
that conclusion is that I wrote out letters to my family along with my “last wishes” then you’d be right. A
moment of my heart palpitating led my white knuckled hands to make sure that my loved ones were prepared
just in case the Grim Reaper and I decided to throw an afterlife party.
So here I am sharing a few shining pieces of these letters about the people that protect my stitched scars.
Embrace its honesty and pass on its contagiousness.
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Hey guys, how's life treating you? My intensions for this quick blog post is to introduce myself, give you the 411 with what's what. So to start, my name is Derra or as my friends call me D. I was born in Covina California, i have moved around a few times, but have remained a Cali chica livin' that SoCal life of summer days spent at the beach and 50% of my diet being a mix of mexican food (carnitas tacos) and In-N-Out burgers, lol. Growing up I wanted to be a fashion designer as well as a drummer in a punk rock band, I was and still am a big fan of band like Blin 182, Green Day, Pink, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots and Artists like Beyonce, Lady GaGa and Eminem. How writing came into play is crazy. I had always enjoyed writing since a youngster, just jotting down the random thoughts that spun in my imaginitive mind, yet as I got older writing became more of an escape.
An escape from living life with a rare disorder, an escape from the surgeries, the bullies, my anxiety and an escape from my suicidal thoughts. I am not the most open person, emotions such as sadness, anger, grief, stress...these emotions place my mouth in lock down mode while my mind is racing DK style. Writing started as an innocent hobby, then morphed into an escape, then transformed into a career choice. More than that though, writing has helped me to heal many mental wounds, it has allowed my voice to speak, it has allowed me to take my broken story and share it with those who are going through their own storms. When life knocks us down, when we live in the darkness, we feel as though we are alone, but we're not. I know first hand just how difficult and nerve wracking it is to speak up, to ask for help. I never understood why I survived as long as I have, especially with a disorder that was destined to kill me years ago, and even though I still struggle with the reasoning as to why I am still resideing on this planet, I am certain of one aspect...I am here to to show the world that broken doesn't mean damaged.
My name is Derra Nicole Sabo. I am a daughter, a sister, a best friend, a foodie, a coffee addict, a bookworm, a beach baby, a music lover and movie buff. I am a writer, a blogger and a survivor. I am an underdog with a story to tell and I hope that you'll take a few moments to listen.
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