5 Reasons My Brother Is My Best Friend

5 Reasons My Brother Is My Best Friend

He always encourages me to better myself and strive for success.
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It’s common knowledge that when two people spend a large amount of time together they are bound to become the best of friends…right?

Wrong. Sometimes they get absolutely irritated with one another and want to rip each other’s heads off. This type of relationship is called siblings.

But sometimes as a pair of sibling grows up they put aside their differences and their bickering and they become best friends. For me, it just so happens that I’ve been blessed with the best brother I could imagine. My parents have given me a built-in best friend who has been around in my life from the time I was playing with dolls and teddy bears to the days of shaping into an intellectual adult. Here’s proof of why my brother is one of my best friends.


1. He’ll travel long distances to come see me

Whether it’s a trip from Pullman to Spokane or a trip across the Pacific Ocean, my brother will always drop everything he’s doing to come and see me. Even in a non-emergency situation, he will come see me even if it’s just for a quick dinner or a night of hanging out with friends. That’s true friendship right there.

2. He makes me a better person

If you were to name every positive characteristic there is, my brother would have all of those qualities. And, rather than forcing me to become a better person, he quietly (and without me ever really noticing) sets an example for me in all that he does. The way that he treats others would make Mother Theresa proud. He makes everyone in the room feel as though they are the most important person on Earth, and it’s inspiring how he can uplift a group of people as though he is individually doing so. He always encourages me to better myself and strive for success. He’s my biggest motivator and supporter, all at the same time.

3. Sibling rivalry is nonexistent between the two of us

Sure, I may joke around that I’m the better sibling and that I’m more loved. But rather than retaliating and dishing it back, my brother agrees with me and makes it so our rivalry is nonexistent. The two of us are so similar, but at the same time we are completely different, so we never have to worry about striving for the same goals. We continuously uplift one another to achieve our goals. I have never met someone who is so selfless, encouraging and genuinely invested in my success and achievements.

4. Even when I’m not looking he’s always paying attention

Even though I tell myself that he’s a boy that doesn’t care or doesn’t pay attention, he always has listened to what I have to say; the truth is, he was always listening, even when it seemed like he wasn’t. If I complained about a problem or something that was upsetting me, he would make sure to give me an encouraging text the next day to remind me that things would be alright.

5. Together, we make a great package deal

Of course, we’re siblings first, but we’ve gotten to the point that we’re genuine friends. We care about each other’s struggles and troubles. We are one another’s biggest fans. I’ve been lucky to have him as a sibling because he’s been around for all of my milestones, and now that we’re old enough we choose to hang out with one another and be real friends.

For anyone reading this, I hope you too find a best friend out of your sibling. I hope you see your sibling(s) as the greatest gift your parents could have given you. I hope you realize that days of fighting and bickering may not ever end but rather come to a more mature nature. I hope you confide in your sibling(s) and realize that in life, your family is what is most important. And most of all, I hope you find peace and harmony in one another.

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An Open Letter To My Unexpected Best Friend

You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better.
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“It's so amazing when someone comes to your life and you expect nothing out of it, but suddenly, there right in front of you is everything you ever need."

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Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You've taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and, more importantly, adventurous.

You don't realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn't see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can't see my life without you in it. It's funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn't know existed.

I don't even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn't have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the yin to my yang, and I don't care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I've learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It's as if I wished up a best friend, and poof — you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn't trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

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The Universe Knew I Needed A Little Brother To Make Me Who I Was Meant To Be

Who knew my biggest annoyance would also be my biggest teacher?

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Everyone has a love/hate relationship with their siblings. And if you say that you don't, you're either crazy or you're lying. Growing up, sometimes I asked myself, "Why aren't I an only child?"

My littlest brother has been bugging me since I was 4. He was born, and at the time I'm sure I thought it was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. Then he started talking. And walking. And figuring out how to push my buttons in ways that no human being ever could. (Don't worry little bro, I'll say nicer things about you later, just keep reading.)

My brother and I fought more than any pair of siblings I'd ever met in my childhood. My friends had little brothers but none of them ever seemed as fed up with theirs as I was with mine. There were times when he didn't even have to speak and I'd be furious with him. Everything set us off. As kids, we used to fight each other (physically), even though I was probably triple his weight. I remember a time when he knocked out one of my teeth, and in return, I hit him so hard he had bruises.

Do we sound certifiably insane yet? No? Just wait, it gets better.

We continued this kind of fighting until I was well into my teens. By that time he was growing, and soon he and I were an even match in terms of strength and height. This made our "wrestling" as my mom liked to call it, all the more crazy.

Once it got so heated during a car ride that we both started yelling ways we would kill the other if we had the chance. (This is the part that makes us really sound crazy.) We went back and forth for what felt like an eternity, but the funny part is that by the time we reached our destination, we were laughing so hard we had tears. We were complimenting the other's creativity and trying so hard to outdo each other coming up with the funniest ways to die.

The point of this is not to make everyone think that all we ever did was scream at each other. He's one of my favorite people on Earth, and a lot of my best childhood memories took place with him next to me.

What really helped was when I went off to college. It caught me by surprise how much I missed him. I checked in with him more than I expected, which probably annoyed him, and I found that I missed being in his company. I even missed our fights.

Now that I'm entering adulthood and he's living out his long-awaited teenage years, our fighting is less frequent and less intense.

I reflect back on my childhood growing up with my little brother, and I realized that if I hadn't had him by my side, I wouldn't be the person I am today and I'd lack a lot of the qualities that I love about myself. Part of the reason I'm tough and independent is that I had to be, growing up with him. Fighting with him taught me that I had to be able to hold my own in the world. He taught me the importance of family.

I'm extremely protective of the people I love, because of him. Growing up my little brother relied on me for a lot, whether he liked it or not. Watching out for him was an inherent part of who I was, it still is. But he also taught me that it's okay to lean on other people because I relied on him a lot too.

The older I got, the more I found myself defending him, trying to help others understand why he did some of the things he did. Maybe it's a sibling thing, or maybe it's all the years we spent harassing each other, but I've always been able to know what he means when he can't quite find the words.

I'm a good arguer. I know how to be patient. I'm good at resolving issues between myself and other people. Because those are all skills I had to develop to survive life growing up with him.

I wouldn't change my relationship with my little brother for anything in the world.

He's one of the best people I know. He is someone who may annoy me to no end but also inspires me every single day. The list of things I admire about him is just as long, if not longer, than the list of ways he annoys me. He thinks in ways no one else does, and he's a constant source of entertainment. He has street smarts I wish I had, and a perspective on life that few others can see. He's funny, creative, stubborn, and everything I'd ever want in a sibling.

I used to wonder why I had a little brother. Why I wasn't able to have the only-child life I thought I wanted. I know now, that the universe knew what it was doing all along. The universe knew I would need a constant pain-in-the-butt, in the form of a blue-eyed, blonde-haired psycho, to push me to be who I was meant to me. To show me all the things I needed to be to have the life I was meant to have. The universe brought my brother and me together in the same life, in the same family, because without him I'd be a very, very different human being.

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