Life Is Better With A Younger Sibling, But If You Tell Them, It'll Go To Their Head

Life Is Better With A Younger Sibling, But If You Tell Them, It'll Go To Their Head

Because we all know they’re life’s most precious and demonic gift.

There is no doubt that having a younger brother or sister is the greatest gift in life. My younger brother is undeniably my prized possession, and being away from him during my first semester at college has made me realize his importance in my life.

Of course, younger siblings would not live up to their full potential if they were not a pain in the you-know-what 98 percent of the time, but the other two percent makes up for all of the annoyances. Upon the laundry list of reasons why having a younger sibling is life's biggest blessing, here are the most significant ones:

1. They want to be just like you

They’re your biggest fan and your loudest paparazzi, even on your worst of days. Though they probably won’t admit it, they’re watching every move you make: the restaurants you like, the subjects you excel in, the slang terms you use, etc.

As they get older, they want to participate in the exact activities you do, only they fear that they won’t do it as well as you. With their ripe, young minds, they create imaginary competition and strive to be just as good, if not better, as you in everything, obviously with the biggest heart and best intention.

2. You can blame your mistakes on them

This is probably the BEST part about having a younger sibling. Though they probably blame you for equally as many problems as you blame them for, they haven’t yet learned how to be sneaky like you are (unless they’ve learned from you all too well, that is).

While both you and your parents know who the real culprit is, it’s always fun to commit the crime and dodge the blame, no matter how old you are.

3. You can act like a child with them, but this time it's appropriate

Whether we want to admit it or not, we’re all children at heart. Despite attempts to act mature and responsible, we all inevitably slip from time to time. When the urge of playing one round of Mario Kart Wii, having your hair brushed and braided or dancing and screaming to the most popular pop song of 2012 kicks in, it can not be left untreated.

The solution: convince your younger sibling to do it with you so that it seems socially acceptable and others compliment you for being such a caring older sibling. It works every time.

4. There is always someone to hangout with

We all have those days where our mood falls between not wanting to be social but also not wanting to be completely isolated. This is where younger siblings are the most useful.

They will be SO incredibly happy that you want to spend time with them that they will give you their undivided attention for all of eternity. This makes for a perfect movie marathon and popcorn kind of night, my favorite time to reflect on how lucky I am to have such a special relationship with my younger brother.

5. They will criticize you, but they will support you more than anyone

Contrary to popular belief, if you look up 'critic' in the dictionary, you will not find 'parent,' but will instead find 'sibling.' They know when to be blatantly honest, which is always, even when it hurts the most, but we know it's all out of love. Whether the outfit is too tight, the hair is too dirty or the project is worthy of a failing grade, the constructive criticism that stings will only help in the long run.

Aside from that, though, younger siblings are hands down our biggest supporters. Despite their not being able to do much, knowing that they are willing to do anything to protect you says just enough, that is, I love you. And it's all we older siblings ever need to hear.

If you have a younger sibling, hug them, thank them and tell them that you love them. And if you are a younger sibling, then know that you are loved.

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A Letter To The Sister I Never Really Did Like

You will learn in life you need your sister around no matter how much you fight.

We had good memories growing up, but I never fully understood you. I thought you were strange. Unfortunately, I saw someone who was weak and sensitive. It was always hard for me to understand where you were coming from in life. Yes, I love you, but there were many days I didn't like you all that much. When we would fight, it would usually get ugly and a parent would have to get involved. I would always get so upset with you because I felt like everyone was on your side. I was the big sister who bullied you. I'm sure you never thought that you would see the end of me egging you on.

As we aged and life progressed, you surprised me. I learned that you weren't weak at all. In fact, you are mentally stronger than me. When I left home at eighteen, you stepped up to the plate and took our little sister under your wing. You guys became best friends and that melted my heart. I all of the sudden saw someone who is poised, well collected and surprisingly funny. We went from fighting to laughing together. We all of the sudden were on the same team and it was great. You and I began to have so much fun together. All of those catty fights disappeared. I saw someone who was mature. You were never out to get me, we just never took the time out to understand each other.

Today, you are my best friend. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of things we disagree on, but we are willing to look past it. You made me laugh so hard at times that I will continue to replay the cheesy joke. We complement each other in a whole new way. I'm the loud, outspoken sister who sets out to score the spotlight. You are the sister who sits back and eggs my ego on. You are great and I can't imagine doing life without you by my side.

Life has sucked lately and that is just an understatement, but never once have you turned me away. You have taken my call late at night and climbed out of bed to come spend the night with me. I love you for that because I know you absolutely don't want to leave your cozy corner. I have sobbed on your shoulder and you have told me I am going to be okay. You are the reason I am still pumping through life lately.

I totally enjoy hanging out with you now all the time and I know there are days you wish I would get lost, but know that is okay. I know that you still love me. I am so happy that we were able to grow out of that nasty fighting stage. You are so beautiful in every single way. You are bright, intelligent and shine when you walk into any room. People would be dumb to not want to be around you. Thank you for being my sister and hanging around me even when I am embarrassing. I love you.

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To My Brother Who Deserves All My Love

I don't know if you know...

So in the past, I wrote about my younger brother and my advice to him with starting high school. Now, I just want to write a little note to him because National Siblings Day was a while ago and I think he doesn't know how much I appreciate him. So here we go.


If this were to be my birthday gift to you, then happy birthday, your gift is an Odyssey article. But I think that's just me fibbing. Because you deserve better than an Odyssey article. Also, your birthday is in August and I'm on a deadline.

Yes, I was the guinea pig for a lot of things growing up, but they were so you could know what to and what not to do. You're only four years younger than me, but you're living a good life. From what mom has told me, your first year of high school is going so amazing! I couldn't be a proud big sister.

With being only a few years apart, we have similar likings such as Doctor Who, Marvel, and Stranger Things. But of course, there are our different likes. You like video games, I like reading. You have started The Office while I need to find time to start it. I like Kpop and you think I'm weird for liking it (I'm not judging).

I think I will go into this by saying that even though you can be such a pain in my ass, you are still related to me by blood. We've been through a lot, both together and not together. I don't know what my life would be without you, and I'm assuming it would be pretty boring without a sibling like you.

I wouldn't ask for any other sibling because I am happy to call you my little brother.



PS: I hope someone shows you this because I know you don't have a Facebook.
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