15 Reasons Having A Cousin As Your Sibling Is Simply The Best

15 Reasons Having A Cousin As Your Sibling Is Simply The Best

If you're lucky enough to have a cousin as your partner in crime, let them know you love them!

As someone who grew up an only child, my favorite (and least favorite) playmates were always my cousins. If you have a cousin turned sibling, you'll know exactly what I mean. They get on your nerves the same way a true sibling would, they're at every family gathering, they steal your clothes, they make you laugh, and they make you cry, but they're your person all the same. As the years have gone by, I'm so glad that I've grown so close to mine. She's like a little sister and best friend all in one. Here are just a few of the many reasons that having your cousin as your sibling is simply the best.

1. They know exactly how to bring out your ugly laugh.

And you better believe they'll try to get it on camera, too, if they're not already ugly laughing themselves.

2. They're always there for you.

When you need a date to a dance, they've got you covered (blue lipstick and all)!

3. They tell you when you're being ridiculous.

They know your B.S. better than anyone and can tell you to stop it before you even start.

4. If you need space, you can have it because you don't live together.

That doesn't mean you don't still intentionally annoy each other, but the possibility is still there.

5. Sleepovers. Always.

With lots of slap-happy cry-laughing and getting yelled at to be quiet.

6. You can escape to the other's house when needed.

Sometimes you just need a break.

7. You have a buddy at all family functions.

There's never a dull moment at what may be a long, boring family function when they're there. And lucky for you, they're always there!

8. They know all your family's drama.

It's always nice to have someone to vent to that fully understands your situation and the people involved.

9. You can have full conversations with only random noises and inside jokes.

Enough said.

10. Double the number of outfits.

When you both have slightly different senses of style, you'll always have what you need for any occasion between the two of you.

11. They're the best photographers.

Impromptu photo shoots in unexpectedly pretty places are a must, and they won't leave until you've got the most aesthetic shots possible.

12. Always down for an adventure.

And stupid photos while on said adventures.

13. They're just different enough from you to keep things interesting.

You're not carbon copies of each other, which makes for endless possibilities when you're together (good and bad).

14. They'll tell you if you're looking rough.

Whether you have food in your teeth, your make-up is unblended, your foundation doesn't match your skin, or you're just generally undone, they will be the first to let you know (and help you fix it).

15. They'll love you no matter what.

When it comes down to it, they're your person and you wouldn't have it any other way.

If you have a cousin that impacts your life in the best ways possible, share this with them to let them know how much they are loved and appreciated! It's not every day that you find a best friend for life, especially one that's been there from the very beginning.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Being Close To Your Cousins Is The Best Thing That Can Happen To You

Who needs therapists when you have cousins like mine?


My cousins bring out the best in me. When I'm with them, I am happier. They have played a significant role in shaping my mind and my soul. My cousins are the most meaningful people in my life—my life would be incomplete without them. Here are six reasons why cousins are awesome!

1. They help you define yourself 


My cousins know me inside out. When I find myself in situations where a choice has to be made, be it choosing my career or just another pizza, my cousins have helped me choose—they know me so well! There have been times when my cousins knew things about me that I myself didn't know. It's always good to see yourself through others' eyes, and no one can get as real as your cousins.

2. They inspire you 


Dance is something that I feel I was destined to do. It is one hobby I could never give up. My childhood is marked with memories of my cousin Rishabh and I going crazy to Bollywood songs. His passion and energy acted as my fuel. It is with him that I discovered the dancer hidden within me. His love for dance continues to inspire me each day.

3. They are there for you, no matter what 


My cousins have always been there for me, through thick and thin. They have helped me understand and control my emotions. Who needs therapists when you have cousins like mine?

4. You learn so much from them 


My cousin Shivam formed the image of an ideal elder brother in my life. He always stood with what was right and fought against the wrong. I look up to him because in him I see someone who is wise way beyond his years. I see a nurturing, supportive, patient man who is aware of his words and actions. Being the eldest of us all, he made sure we felt happy and safe. From him, I have learned the importance of selfless love, humility, and of always being right. Growing up with these amazing people that I call my cousins, I learned new things every day.

5. They understand you 


They were there through the hair color phase, the nose ring phase, the Taylor Swift phase, and they never judged you.

6. They're like parents, but cooler 


When you make a mistake, they will correct you. When you cross the line, they will put you back in your place. But when you want to go out partying, they'll also help you pick an outfit!

Cousins are a blessing in disguise. And if you have cousins like mine, oh boy, you must be lucky! My cousins make the challenging path toward adulthood worth walking. They make life worth living. And as we part ways and move into different cities, our hearts will always be together and their lessons always with me.

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