15 Things You Know If People ALWAYS Think You And Your Sister Are Twins

15 Things You Know If People ALWAYS Think You And Your Sister Are Twins

"Wow, you two look so much alike! Are you twins?"
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My sister and I are 2 years apart. But since we were old enough to stand next to each other, people have thought we that we were twins. Whether we were little kids or college students, people have always had a hard time believing we were 2 years apart. If you and your sister look a lot alike, you'll understand.

1. People ask if you are twins all the time

You probably have the same hair color and similar heights, automatically leading people to assume that you are just normal sisters.

2. You've definitely told people you were and never corrected them

"Are you twins?" "Yep." (This joke was especially funny when you were kids. You thought you had SHOOK them.)

3. You actually don't think you look anything alike

You definitely understand why people think it, but since you've had your face your whole life and have looked at your sister's too, you know that you actually don't look much alike.

4. Wearing similar outfits basically makes you identical

There have been times you have walked downstairs in too similar an outfit and knew you would have to change so you didn't look like identical twins.

5. People often mistake you for one another

You've had entire conversations with someone where you were incredibly confused and then were like... Oh, they think I am her.

6. You were dressed the exact same for 90% of your childhood

There must have been some mad buy-one-get-one deals when you were a kid, because your mother THRIVED on putting you two in identical outfits.

7. Neither of you actually look like your parents

This may not be a universal thing, but my sister and I look a lot like one another and pretty much nothing like our mom and dad.

8. You could get away with swapping IDs pretty easily

When I was underage, all I heard was, "just use your sister's ID!" (Don't worry, mom, I didn't.)

9. You actually take it as a compliment that someone thinks you would be twins with your sister

There are definitely worse people to be compared to.

10. Other siblings you have look nothing like you

If you have other siblings, everyone always asked the old, "was (s)he adopted?!" because they looked nothing like you. (Bonus points if you actually tried to tell your sibling they were adopted.)

11. Teachers always called you by your sister's name

If you were the older one, you got to be called by your own name. If you were the younger one, have fun assuming a new identity for the year.

12. If one of you changed something about you, people stopped questioning your twin-ness

As soon as a hair color was changed, nobody actually thought you looked like twins anymore.

13. You used to wish that you were actual twins

We grew up with Mary-Kate and Ashley movies: Being twins was ALL the rage. (Pictured here: Me with an actually broken arm. My sister with a fake cast on so we could have broken arms together.)

14. You probably have the same good side

I mean, you're twins, right? Makes sense that you would have the same good side. This leads to a lot of negotiations and a lot of back-to-front photos for compromise.

15. You wouldn't want to be fake twins with anyone else

A lifetime of telling people you aren't twins is made entirely worth it when you get to have such an awesome sister by your side.

Cover Image Credit: Sara Petty

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31 Reasons Why I Would NEVER Watch Season 2 Of '13 Reasons Why'

It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.
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When I first started watching "13 Reasons Why" I was excited. I had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for a long time and thought this show would be bringing light to those issues. Instead, it triggered my feelings that I had suppressed.

With season two coming out soon, I have made up my mind that I am NEVER watching it, and here is why:

1. This show simplifies suicide as being a result of bullying, sexual assault, etc. when the issue is extremely more complex.

2. It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

3. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention has guidelines on how to portray suicides in TV shows and movies without causing more suicides.

"13 Reasons Why" disregarded those guidelines by graphically showing Hannah slitting her wrists.

4. It is triggering to those who have tried to commit suicide in the past or that struggle with mental illness.

5. It glorifies suicide.

6. It does not offer healthy coping solutions with trauma and bullying.

The only "solution" offered is suicide, which as mentioned above, is glorified by the show.

7. This show portrays Hannah as dramatic and attention-seeking, which creates the stereotype that people with suicidal thoughts are dramatic and seeking attention.

8. Hannah makes Clay and other people feel guilty for her death, which is inconsiderate and rude and NOT something most people who commit suicide would actually do.

9. This show treats suicide as revenge.

In reality, suicide is the feeling of hopelessness and depression, and it's a personal decision.

10. Hannah blames everyone but herself for her death, but suicide is a choice made by people who commit it.

Yes, sexual assault and bullying can be a factor in suicidal thoughts, but committing suicide is completely in the hands of the individual.

11. Skye justifies self-harm by saying, "It's what you do instead of killing yourself."

12. Hannah's school counselor disregards the clear signs of her being suicidal, which is against the law and not something any professional would do.

13. The show is not realistic.

14. To be honest, I didn't even enjoy the acting.

15. The characters are underdeveloped.

16. "13 Reasons Why" alludes that Clay's love could have saved Hannah, which is also unrealistic.

17. There are unnecessary plot lines that don't even advance the main plot.

18. No one in the show deals with their problems.

They all push them off onto other people (which, by the way, is NOT HEALTHY!!!).

19. There is not at any point in the show encouragement that life after high school is better.

20. I find the show offensive to not only me, but also to everyone who has struggled with suicidal thoughts.

21. The show is gory and violent, and I don't like that kind of thing.

22. By watching the show, you basically get a step-by-step guide on how to commit suicide.

Which, again, is against guidelines set by The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

23. The show offers no resources for those who have similar issues to Hannah.

24. It is not healthy for me or anyone else to watch "13 Reasons Why."

25. Not only does the show glorify suicide, but it also glorifies self-harm as an alternative to suicide.

26. Other characters don't help Hannah when she reaches out to them, which could discourage viewers from reaching out.

27. Hannah doesn't leave a tape for her parents, and even though the tapes were mostly bad, I still think the show's writers should have included a goodbye to her parents.

28. It simplifies suicide.

29. The show is tactless, in my opinion.

30. I feel like the show writers did not do any research on the topic of suicide or mental illness, and "13 Reasons Why" suffered because of lack of research.

31. I will not be watching season two mostly because I am bitter about the tastelessness.

And I do not want there to be enough views for them to make a season three and impact even more people in a negative way.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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A Letter To My Military Brothers

As much as we bicker and argue, thank you, for all that you do.
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With Memorial Day right around the corner, I just wanted to send the utmost respect for those fighting for our country, including my brothers.

I have four brothers, three of which have served or are currently serving in the United States Military. All of which I am so grateful for what they have done and continue to do for our country.

I guess this article is to really to say thank you to my brothers, and also a "you suck" for making me miss you guys so much.

To be honest, I never would've guessed that you three would enlist, mostly because you all are my brothers. Also, maybe because Mom could never bear the sight of you guys of leaving. I always expected you guys just to go to college, get a job, find a nice girl, then I would finally be the cool aunt. Well, that didn't happen. Number one, I'm still waiting to be a cool aunt, I'm not getting any younger here!

As a kid, you guys annoyed me like crazy, stealing my stuffed animal (her name was Angel), marking X's over my Jonas Brothers posters, or "forgetting" to pick me up from school, yeah I'm talking about you Marshall. We've been through so many ups and downs, but seriously, all three of you are my best friends, whether you boys agree or not.

We are older now and I have looked up to you countless times. I know that you guys will always have my back because let's face it, I will always have yours. I missed you guys a lot, not talking every day, y'all buying me food, or laying on the couch in the game room watching movies. With two of you going overseas, missing Christmas and Thanksgiving it just didn't feel like it used to. Our home wasn't the same, but that's okay because I knew it was the right choice.

I know that I annoyed you all right back, but that is what a little sister is supposed to do. Hopefully, you guys look back on how much fun we had as kids, even if I did happen to tattle tale once or twice (or many times) on you.

Basically, what I am getting at, is how happy I am with the way your life has gone and how thankful I am to have you boys as my brothers. Although you three joining the military was something I never expected, I am truly grateful for all that you do for me and for everyone else in this country.

To all of those little sisters with brothers in the military, you don't realize how lucky you are. You have a brother who not only will do anything for you no matter the circumstance AND is in one of the most honorable jobs and experiences that one can have.

I love you guys lots, ya know. Thanks for being the best big brothers around.

Love,

your favorite and ONLY sister.

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