10 Ways Your Sister Is Your Built-In Best Friend

10 Ways Your Sister Is Your Built-In Best Friend

There are so many reasons why having a sister is the best, but I narrowed it down to the ten BEST reasons.
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Having a sister is the absolute BEST. I was lucky enough to share a room with my sister pretty much our whole lives. Of course, I didn’t like sharing a room all the time, but in the end, it made us become much closer. There are so many reasons why having a sister is the best, but I narrowed it down to the ten best reason why I’m so lucky to have a sister!

1. Family events aren’t boring

There are those days when your parents (love you guys) will drag your family out to who-knows-where and have “family bonding”. This can be annoying, but if you have your best friend, aka your sister, the day will be bearable.

2. Sharing clothes

Your closet doubles when you have a sister! The struggle is real when a sister goes to college because you lose half of your closet. Sometimes I will steal some of my sister’s shoes before I go to college because I wear them more (sorry Ali-love you!!!)

3. New Music

This may be my favorite part of having a sister. We have a similar music taste, so she sends me new music all the time! Bonding over music is the best kind of bonding.

4. Someone to do your hair

There is nothing worse than not knowing if the back of your hair is straight because you can’t reach. When you have a sister, she is able to check the back of your hair and get the pieces that aren’t completely straight.

5. She’s known you longer than anyone, so she gets you

Anytime I’m struggling or having a crisis, I can call my sister because she will know exactly what to do. She knows how my brain works, so she knows how to calm me down.

6. You have someone to share your secrets with

The bond between two sisters is unreal. Secrets told will go to the grave with your sister. You never have to worry about her telling your secrets, and you would never share hers!

7. Nights full of laughter

Like I said, my sister and I shared a room our whole lives. There were so many nights we didn’t want to go to bed so we would stay up watching funny videos or just telling each other funny stories we have made up.

8. Inside jokes

There are about a million inside jokes you two have that no one will understand, and that’s okay!

9. She'll be honest with you

Because she loves you so much, your sister will be brutally honest with you. Even though you don’t want to hear it, it’s what you need to hear.

10. She’ll never judge you

Your sister has seen you at your weirdest, so you know she will never judge you. You can be yourself around her, and it’s the best.
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15 Things You Realize As Your Baby Brother Grows Up

No matter how old he gets, he will always be your baby brother.
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Despite the fistfights and days of locking each other out of the house, a little brother is one of the biggest blessings you can receive. Most sisters can agree that they probably bossed their brothers around a lot when they were younger (and probably still do). Most sisters have also most likely forced their brothers to participate in many games that were only enjoyable for one party (baby dolls, house, dress up, etc.)

As a little brother grows up, you start to realize a lot of things as they become your lifelong best friend. Here are 15 of them:

1. He will outgrow you

Even though you were once able to beat him in a wrestling match, and have a fair game of tag, as you get older, he begins to pass you up in size and you realize it probably isn't in your best interest to pick a fight.

2. Teenage boy sass is a real thing

So many times, girls get a bad rep for the teenage phase, but let me tell you, teenage boys have just as much sass if not more than the average hormonal girl. But you also realize that you will get through it, and he is still your sweet brother somewhere deep, deep down.

3. He will go through a phase when he is too cool for you

Your whole life you have been used to your little brother looking up to you and wanting to be just like you and do all the things you do. This probably really annoyed you at some point too and I know I found the words "stop copying me" coming out of my mouth a lot. Don't wish it away, enjoy these times because there hits a point where he will want to do their own thing for a while.

4. He will begin to form his own opinions, and he is actually really smart

He still looks up to you, but there comes a time when he actually starts to contradict and challenge your opinions, and his arguments are surprisingly really good. You learn a lot from your little brother, so start listening to what they have to say sometimes.

5. No girl will ever be good enough for him

When he brings a girl home, you can't help but judge everything about her (no pressure) because to you, no girl will match up to his awesomeness. You know you are annoying, over-controlling, and overly judgmental, but you can't help it, he is your baby brother after all.

6. Regardless of how old or big he gets, if anyone messes with him, you will "beat them up"

I am not a fighter, but somehow anytime someone messes with my little brother, I get the ego of Muhammed Ali and believe that I can beat anyone up. Even now that he has outgrown me by about six inches and 50 pounds and is definitely a lot stronger than me, I still threaten to protect him because for some reason I feel like I can defend him better than he can himself. If anyone shoves him on the soccer field or says something mean to him at school, all of the sudden the big sister is the most intimidating and feisty little 5'4" girl there is out there.

7. He has your back

The once quiet and shy boy you outspoke as a child is not afraid to stand up for you. Even if he knows you're wrong, he is just as protective of you as you are of him and he will always be there for you whether you need a shoulder to cry on, you've had a fight with your friends and need someone to talk to, or a guy blows you off and you just need dairy queen and a movie night.

8. People will think he is your boyfriend and vice versa

As little kids, you were obviously the big sister, but now that he has outgrown you, hit puberty and matured, people mistake him as your boyfriend all the time. When you go to dinner and get the "you are such a cute couple" comment, you can't help but laugh.

9. All of his academic success is obviously all thanks to you

All the days you forced him to play "school" with you and tried to teach him everything you knew paid off because he actually knows what he is doing now. You're welcome.

10. Every year he turns another year older, you freak out because you remember how old you felt when you were his age, and it is not possible for him to be that old

No, no, no. He is little. He cannot drive just because he is 16. That is scary. [Only you were mature enough and ready to drive at 16.] There is no way that he is already 18 and can vote. You will never get used to the fact that he is growing up at the same pace as you are.

11. He is the one person who defies your theory that you are never wrong

He always has your best interests in mind, so if he disapproves of a guy, or questions a choice you are making, he is most likely right, just listen to him. Seriously, it will save you time in the future.

12. You will always worry about him

Yes, you are annoying and you know he can handle himself, but the thought of him ever getting hurt kills you. Every time he goes out or takes a risk, you worry about him. However, you also know and trust that he is smart and makes good choices, and if he ever doesn't, you will always be here to save the day, duh!

13. You are his biggest fan

And you are absolutely obnoxious at sporting games and other events. You are the first person to yell at the referee when he gets fouled and the loudest person screaming when he scores a goal. You also find yourself bragging about him to your friends because you are just so proud, and you taught him everything he knows (duh again).

14. He is your best friend

You can tell him anything and he can tell you anything. You guys have a pact and he won't tell your secrets. He's your person, and you have come to find out that he actually gives great advice when you give him the chance to talk.

15. No matter how old he gets, he will always be your baby brother

No matter how old my brother gets, we still say "I love you" every night and he will always be my little baby brother who I watch over and protect, always. I know I have a lifelong best friend who I can lean on during hard times, and celebrate with when the times are good. Bless up.

Special shoutout to my baby brother, Luke, for teaching me so much about myself and always being there for me.

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To My Siblings, You Don't Get Enough Credit

You are a huge part of who I am.

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There are people in my life who weren't a part of my last article, Being Sick During The Developing Part Of My Swimming Career Is A Time I Will Never Forget, but were the biggest people to help me through the whole ordeal. Even after I left the hospital and began swimming again, I didn't just "get better". In fact, in some ways, I got worse and was more miserable than being in the hospital.

For three years after I was sick, I spent most of my time in and out of doctor's offices and emergency rooms, my mom attending every visit with me. If Dad had a day off, he would spend it in a hospital one way or another.

I always needed my parents' full attention. When you spend years living in and out of a doctor's office, those visits become the "important event" of the day. The real question was, how did I keep up with school? I didn't really--but most importantly, neither did my siblings.

My mom has home-schooled my four siblings and me for over 10 years, making up most of my school career and all of my siblings' schooling experience. They lost a lot of school and quality time with my mom because of my ill years.

Fast forward a couple more years, and I'm at Towson University, pursuing my dream to swim Division 1. I'm working towards a degree in Mass Communications with a minor in business. This is everything I've ever wanted--but more often than not, I find myself missing my siblings or telling everyone I know things they did that week.

It's one thing to grow up with siblings and another to spend every day with them, knowing all the small things and being a best friend to each of them. It was a gift, and one I should have taken advantage of more.

College has been very hard without my three best friends by my side.

I joked that if any of them ever came to school here, I would transfer cause "that would be horrible." But I'm realizing in my junior year that there's nothing I would love more than to have at least one of them by my side (wink Max).

These three people, in their own ways, have made me stronger over the years. Their teasing and harsh comments, even though I don't always take it the best way, has prepared me for criticism in the "real world." I might not have been ready for if it wasn't for your honesty.

People will often mention that they have siblings while on a first date to help break the ice. Well, I believe an hour of my last first date was dedicated to stories and information about all my siblings--including pictures or videos of the said event.

I'll get homesick and call my siblings, hearing about their week or what they are doing. I get so jealous hearing about things they've been doing together while I'm a thousand miles away. All of my favorite things that I still do in college, began with one of them.

The only person who would ride to the gas station at 10 with me (until recently) was Max. Regardless of what he was doing, that was something we loved to do; so simple, but at least once a week. This was easily one of my favorite parts of the week.

Riding to practices in the morning or post-practice cuddles aren't the same without Morgan. It isn't so bad now, but there was something special about cuddling under many blankets and talking about the practice before we started to doze off and you would rub your feet on me cause you're weird like that.

And how could we forget about the random science lessons you would get just by asking Micah what he was listening to on his phone or the book he was reading? I didn't know there enough interesting things about flamingos that you could make an hour-long documentary on their lives, but you would always teach me something new, regardless of being the baby of the family.

But the saddest part of any of this is when I come home from school, they aren't little anymore. I don't feel like I'm able to help them the way they helped me. I always feel like I'm missing so much not being there.

Every day I'm curious about what they're doing and how everything is. Most importantly, I wish I could help with everything y'all are going through and spend more time being here being as involved from far away.

Please know that even from over a thousand miles away, I am so proud of each of you and the people you are becoming. I'm sorry that I can't be there the way you all were there for me, it means the world to me. But know I'm always here and will continue to be. I know it's not always easy but you are handling it so well.

So for the people who helped me when I needed it most (and even when I didn't), thank you for always being there and doing more than you were expected. To the three best friends I didn't know I wanted, I am so blessed because of each of you, and I love you all.

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