In a January 10 YouTube vlog titled “Allow Me to Introduce Myself,” Naya Rivera’s sister, Nickayla Rivera, stepped into the limelight herself, opening up about her and her family’s grieving process since Naya’s July 2020 death. “My whole family was in complete shock,” Nickayla said. “It was like someone pulled the rug from under us and we didn’t see it coming. The dark place that I was in before only progressed when that happened.” She added, “At that time, I had no thoughts of my future. I had no thoughts of myself really. I was only just experiencing pain.”

After a while, Nickayla reached an epiphany. “The pain that I was experiencing wasn’t going to go anywhere until I decided to find the good in this world,” Nickayla told her subscribers. “So, from then on, I went on this journey of discovering who I was.” That included ceasing the habit of vaping (which Nickayla said made her feel “empowered”) and beginning journaling. Additionally, Nickayla shared, “I started therapy. I said no to doing a lot of things that I didn’t want to do, but normally would for other people. I started putting myself first.” 

In an evergreen message for fans, Nickayla stated that Naya’s death reminded her to live in the present, saying she asked herself, “‘Why am I not living like every day is a gift?’ Because it is.”

Source: Nicki Swift

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