10 Reasons Why Having a Little Brother Is the Best

10 Reasons Why Having a Little Brother Is the Best

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I've seen countless articles about all types of sibling relationships. However, one that I rarely see is that of the big sister-little brother relationship. As someone who has that relationship, I think that is a shame. So, instead of sitting around and scrolling through all the other articles, I thought it was time to enlighten the world to how awesome the big sister-little brother sibling dynamic is.

My brother and I are two years apart in age, so we've always been very close. Naturally, there were those few years that involved constant fighting and him blaming everything on me and somehow never getting in trouble while I took all the heat. To this day, I think he's only been in trouble about three times in his life. Me, well, let's not get into it. Unevenness in parenting aside, by the time I hit high school, it was smooth sailing. He and I became best friends, and have been ever since.

Having your little brother as your best friend is one of the greatest things that can happen. I could probably write a three thousand word article about how great it is, but in the spirit of my little brother (a man of few words), I thought I'd keep it short, sweet and to the point. So, without further ado, here are ten reasons why having a little brother is the best.

1. You've got a permanent partner-in-crime.
Whether said crime involves sneaking around your parents or is just something silly, you best believe your little brother is going to be raising some hell with you.

2. He doesn't sugarcoat anything.
No, seriously, he won't. Even if what he says hurts your feelings, he'll give it to you straight because he knows you both deserve and need to hear the truth.

3. Your mistakes weren't a waste; he got to learn firsthand from them.
At least for me, I had my fair share of slip ups growing up. But now, instead of looking back and being super embarrassed and/or ashamed, I can feel like they (possibly) were worth it, as my little brother got to learn what not to do.

4.) He always has your back.
Through thick and thin, your little brother will always have your back. It doesn't matter what happens (though if it's your fault/very stupid I'm sure he'll let you know), he's always going to be there.

5. You have someone you each can give and get advice from.
Not only do you get to give your sage life advice to him, but you can get some in return. For him, you may let him know how to handle your mom when she's in a bad mood, what it's like out in the real world (college) or maybe even just girl advice. For you, he could let you know what's actually still cool nowadays (you'd be surprised how out of the loop you get when you leave home), some help reacquainting to life back home and of course, some advice about boys. But not too much, he doesn't want to know details, trust me.

6. You always have someone in your corner supporting you.
Through all my different endeavors in life, from skating to theater to writing, my brother has always supported and cheered me on. But only if I was actually good at it; if I started to suck, he would let me know.

7. Despite being younger, he's still protective.
Don't get me wrong, I am UBER-protective of my little brother. However, just because he's younger, doesn't mean he's not protective of you, either. Quite the opposite, actually.

8. He'll help you get over exes in his own special way.
Brothers in general will want to help you move on and get over your ex, but a little brother has his own special spin. Since he knows he's younger and you're going to make decisions despite his advice, he'll just say it like it is (as he usually does). No seriously, when I went through a break up before college, my brother looked at me and said, "Honestly, Caitlin, who cares, you're in college now, you're going to be fine." Always blunt and to the point.

9. You can always be yourself with him.
This one is obvious. You two know each other like the back of your hands, so even if you did try to fake it, he'd call you out in a heartbeat.

10. You get to watch (and maybe even help) him grow into the most awesome person around.
This is my favorite reason. I've gotten to watch him grow up in every sense of the word. Right before my eyes, he went from a small boy who I could easily take down if he needed to be taught a lesson to a (still growing) man who I don't stand a chance in a fight with now. Not only that, I've watched him mature. I've seen him accomplish his goals. I've also seen him (very rarely) fall short. I've gotten a front-row seat to watch this amazing kid grow up. And maybe, just maybe, I got to help him along in the process. What more could you ask for in life?

Well, there you have it, 10 reasons why having a little brother is awesome. Not to be biased or anything, but I think this is the best sibling relationship around. I got pretty lucky that my little brother is great, too. He probably won't read this anyway, as he doesn't go on social media often and it's most likely still too wordy and emotional for his liking, but hey, at least it's out there.

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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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There Is No 'Right Way' To React To A Shooting

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After the shootings this year in New Zealand, Brazil, and close to home for some of us Aurora, people have been reacting in different ways. With some offering their thoughts and prayers, donating money to help pay for the funerals of the victims, fighting for action in regards to ending gun violence, candlelight vigils basically anything that can help them in this time of grief.

There is no right or wrong way to react to a shooting — everyone grieves in their own ways. We should not judge one another for how we grieve in a tragedy.

People have been saying that thoughts and prayers won't do anything. However, maybe it can be a comfort to some people—a way to let people know that they are thinking of them and that they care.

Sometimes people may want to donate money or blood to help out any survivors who may have suffered from blood loss or create GoFundMe accounts to either help out with medical expenses or to pay for the funerals of the victims or even start charities like Islamic Relief USA. Donating your time and money is a good way to help out because you are making a difference that is a form of action you are taking.

There is also grieving in the form of vigils. One example of a vigil is this guy who makes crosses every time there is some kind of tragedy. Vigils are often a good way to remember the victims, to pray for the healing of the survivors, to talk about what they were like as people.

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Some people also do acts of solidarity, for example, wearing a hijab like the prime minister of New Zealand did when she went to go visit the Christchurch shooting survivors. My community college had something a couple of years ago called Hijab Day to help show solidarity with our friends. I participated, and it was quite an experience—no one should ever be afraid to be who they are.

There is never a right or wrong way to react, and no one should ever criticize one another for how they react. It's not a test where there is a right or wrong answer—everyone is different and that is okay.

No one should ever have to be afraid to go to school, go to work, or go to their place of worship or wherever they decide to go. Whatever we decide to do to make a change, as long as we are taking some kind of action, is good enough for me.

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