5 Things You Can Relate To If You Had Siblings Growing Up

5 Things You Can Relate To If You Had Siblings Growing Up

Through the good and the bad, the sibling bond stays strong.
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Growing up in a house with four kids, and my only siblings being boys, I have lots of crazy memories. I have always loved having lots of siblings and constantly having a full house. Now, at college and away from them I miss them more than ever!

I love looking back at all our memories and the crazy stories we will get to tell all of our kids one day! Here are 5 things anyone who grew up with siblings can relate to!

1. Using your imaginations to create some of the best memories.

Using our imagination was our greatest gifts, whether it was pretending to be doctors or acting out our favorite plays in the back year. One of my favorite memories is when we first moved into our current house, there were mounds of dirt across the street.

My brothers and I would go out every day and we would play a game where we were a royal family and each mound was a castle. We fought off magical beasts and enemy kingdoms. That is something I will always carry with me and I hope my kids will be able to create crazy and fun memories like that.

2. The relief you feel when you realize your sibling did something worse than you so you are off the hook.

There is no greater feeling than when you realize you are not in as much trouble as another sibling. When that sibling has done something much worse, you get let off the hook in the sense that your parents realize your mess up isn't nearly as bad as your siblings. You take the moment in and breath a sigh of relief that you got off the hook, this time.

3. You could annoy, torment and make fun of your siblings, but if ANYONE else did it, they wouldn't live to see another day.

The older of my younger brothers and I would fight constantly. We would go back and forth about everything and anything. That being said, if I caught wind of anyone harassing him or talking about him, I would stand up for him without hesitation. The same goes for the rest of my brothers. No matter what, family is family and that bond is unbreakable.

4. Summer vacations were actually awesome even if you didn't invite a friend.

A lot of people I know would go on summer vacations with friends. I have only done that once in my life. For every other vacation, I had three of my closest friends with me. We would be able to explore and experience new things together and make even more memories. My favorite was body surfing the waves with them in South Carolina.

5. No matter what, you know you can always count on them.

Growing up with my brothers, I know that no matter what happens I will always have them to lean on and they will always support and love me. We have had our problems and bickering, but our bond will never falter.

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However, I understand because there are days when you feel like there is no one to hang out with. All your friends are busy hanging out with someone else or you check your social media and see that all your friends are in their respective groups hanging out and having fun. You question why it’s hard for you to belong anywhere.

But I just want to let you know that you’re important. You’re not overlooked. You’re not forgotten. You are truly loved despite what your inner thoughts are saying in your head. You may not belong to a certain group of friends. But the fact that you are welcomed to so many groups says so much about your personality.

The fact that you have so many friends means that you have many whom you can rely on and who can rely on you.

You’re not the only person who feels this way. In fact, I know this feeling of loneliness. I also feel self-doubt in my ability to have friends and keep them. I, too, question why I can’t have one group of friends that I can constantly rely on.

But I realize now that it’s silly for me and you to feel this way. It’s not about belonging. It’s about doing. It’s about being there for others even if they aren’t there for you. It’s about giving love as much as your heart can allow. It’s not about being special, but making others feel special.

Stop looking for a place to belong. You’re not the type of person that belongs to one group. You’re meant to bring happiness to so many more. Cheers to you who doesn’t belong in one place. You’re a friend that everyone loves, and that should be more than enough to make you realize that you belong in a special place in their hearts.

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A Thank You Letter To My Sister

We may not have gotten along growing up, but we love each other.

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By looking at us, no one would ever guess we are sisters. Your caramel colored hair and deep brown eyes find themselves on an athletic girl standing at 5'2 ( and a quarter!). Who would ever guess you were related to the pale, ginger, 5'7 girl in the grade above you?

The close proximity in our ages meant we knew a lot of the same people and had a couple of teachers in common. Some siblings love this and take it as a chance for a built-in-friend, but many don't. Especially when they are as different as us. You excelled on the softball team and showed a penchant for business and marketing. I was a musical theatre kid, creative writing nerd and we were in totally different circles.

As the younger sibling, I wonder if there was any pressure to be different solely based on the fact I was older to avoid comparison. I'm going to pretend that spurred you into being the bold, beautiful and unapologetic you that you are today so I can take partial credit for how amazing your personality is.

In highschool, we fought excessively. A lot of the skirmishes were probably my misguided efforts to build a relationship with you, even if I just ended up annoying you. But, even then, I knew our family would be wildly different without you. Sure, I probably wasn't too pressed if you missed a family car ride because it meant more legroom. But the car felt so empty without the music of laughter after you inevitably made the whole car crack up. From your goofy catchphrases to impromptu songs, you bring so much joy to our family.

You are coming into your own and I am so grateful for a front row seat, especially since we get along now that teenage angst is over with. Love is so much more than high school circles or stereotypes. I am so lucky to have you as a little sister. I learn from your spunk every day and miss your classic "Lexi, Lexi Lexi..." instead of saying hi. You have also taught me to look for the ways in which different personalities complement each other instead of focusing on what seperates them. You have an amazing internship lined up, wonderful and supportive friends, and are in a great academic program. I am so excited to see where you go- just don't forget to always come home.

Love,

Your Big Sister

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