Your Big Sister Is The Most Important Person In Your Life And Here's Why

Your Big Sister Is The Most Important Person In Your Life And Here's Why

It seems you have a lot to thank her for.

Your big sister is your best defender, closest consultant, Starbucks buddy and wing man when the cutie from your com class is planning to be at the bar tonight. And you obviously know this because you may have "stumbled" upon his Snapchat story that day –– or twice.

She's been there from the beginning and can remember every vivid detail of you growing up. Better yet if you're mean to her, she can easily blackmail you with baby photos that are casually hiding in her iPhone's photo gallery.

It's like having an older best friend who will do anything and everything with you no matter what. Feeling a Wawa run at 11 p.m.? She's already got the keys ready. Need a last minute dress for formal tomorrow night? She's rummaging through her closet scrambling an outfit together for you. And of course if that doesn't work, she's driving you to the mall.

She's been through everything already, so she can literally help you solve anything. Applying for colleges. Friendship issues. The best ways to find internships. Even the dreaded first break ups. She's been through it all. And the best part is that she's already broken in your parents. So that time you decided to sneak out the back door at midnight to meet your friends at the power house for a little "innocent fun" doesn't even phase your parents compared to her constant party phase in high school.

Besides being your right hand man through nearly everything, she won't ever judge you. You can unwind after class, come home and take off your mask. Be yourself truly. And she will love you unconditionally for it. In fact, you make a point to arrange sister nights every week with Netflix, snacks, a huge array of the unhealthiest food, face masks and pj's because you know you can be open and true and also get in solid gossip time.

Most importantly, she's your biggest supporter. She's already been through the phase of being lost and figuring out what the heck to do with life so when you're stumbling along trying to find your way she's there for you. Decided to take a gap year after college and travel the world? She'll probably strap on a back pack too and join you. Feel like trying that music career no one else supports? She'll be front row at open mic night. It doesn't matter who you become or how many times you change your mind on a passion. She will understand and love you through it all.

I don't know about you but all this sister talk really makes me miss mine. It's essential to ensure that your big sis know's she's appreciated. She's done so much for you already.

It seems I have a phone call to make, and so do you.

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Dear Mom, Now That I'm Older

A letter to the woman who made me the woman I am today.

Dear Mom,

Now that I'm older, I definitely appreciate you a lot more than I did as a kid. I appreciate the little things, from the random text messages to constantly tagging me on Facebook in your "funny" photos and sending me pins of stuff I like on Pinterest. Now that I'm older, I can look back and realize that everything I am is all because of you. You've made me strong but realize it's okay to cry. You've shown me how a mother gives everything to her children to give them a better life than she had, even when she's left with nothing. And, most importantly you've taught me to never give up and without this, I would not be where I am today.

Mom, now that I'm older, I realize that you're the best friend I'm ever going to have. You cheer me on when I try new things and support me in deciding to be whatever person I want to be. Thank you for never telling me I can't do something and helping me figure out ways to be the best woman I can be. Your love for me is unconditional. They say true, unconditional love can only come from God, but mom, I think you're a pretty close second.

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Now that I'm older, I don't get to see you as much. But not seeing you as much just makes the times I do get to see you the absolute best, and I look forward to it every time. Now that I'm older, I'm not going to live at home. But, I promise to always come back because I know the door is always open. Your house is always going to be my home, and no other place is going to be the same.

Now that I'm older, I realize how much I miss you taking care of me. I miss you making me dinner, making sure I was doing well in school, and taking me to endless appointments. I miss you waking me up for school and then waking me up again because I didn't listen the first time.

But, Mom, now that I'm older, I can see all that you've done for me. I can look back and see how big of a brat I was but you still loved me (and let me live) anyways. I can understand why you did certain things and frankly, you're one bada** of a woman.

To have you as my mom and my best friend has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. So, Mom, now that I'm older, thank you, for everything.


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This Is What Being Away From Home Taught Me About My Home

... It's ok to make plans with people besides your mom.


My home, for as long as I can remember, has been my safe haven. No matter how many arguments my family and I got into, I always knew my home to be a place where I could feel safe, at peace, grounded, and most importantly, comfortable.

This is why, when I decided to embark on a journey to Israel, 6,000 miles away felt like I was traveling into space. I felt as if I couldn't move forward without my mom by my side, reminding me everything is going to be okay. The relationship that my mom and I have is a special one, and knowing that I was not in close proximity to her created much-unwanted anxiety for us both. Knowing that while she may have only been a phone call away, that she wouldn't be able to come hold me if I needed her to, was something I really struggled with.

While I was away, I had hoped that my excitement for the trip and the adventures that were to come would keep me grounded and sane. Unfortunately, as the days went on, I became more and more homesick. However, I was able to learn some really important lessons in terms of the importance of my home, and sometimes the need to escape it.

The new friendships I made showed me that sometimes it's okay to make plans with people besides your mom (only partially joking).

The new foods I tried showed me that there are so many different types of foods that my chef of a mother hasn't even heard of.

The new experiences showed me just how important it is to step out of my comfort zone, even if doing so means I have to be 6,000 miles away from the comfort of my mom's arms.

There are hundreds of thousands of things that this trip has taught me, but it especially taught me that life exists away from your home as well. While it is natural to want to stay close to the things that bring you comfort, it is also essential that you allow yourself to grow.

I couldn't be luckier to have had such an incredible experience abroad, but I also couldn't be luckier to have been able to come home to a mom that was waiting with open arms and open ears.

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