Brothers: You Had More Of An Impact Than You Think

Brothers: You Had More Of An Impact Than You Think

You three have helped me know not to settle and always know I am worthy

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Growing up with only brothers, three to be exact, hasn't been easy, but it has certainly been an adventure.

The three of them could relate to each other more than they could to me. They went through a lot of the same things while I was kind of on my own. We hung out and had fun for sure, but I am a girl and some things guys just don't get or want to get.

What they don't know is I have been watching them, which definitely sounds creepy now that I reread that, but I have been watching them in a good way (not a creepy way). I have been listening too, and they have been one of the biggest influencers in my life.

I know my worth and I know how I should be treated because of them.

Watching my brothers in relationships has been amazing. All of them are different in their own ways, but they all treat each of their girlfriends with the same amount of love and respect. They dote on them and make sure they know they are loved. They have shown me what healthy and loving relationships are and how I should be treated in my own relationships.

They always build me up instead of tearing me down.

Sure we argue and fight, but at the end of it all they are still my brothers and I am still their sister (favorite one too, even though I am the only one). Without even saying words sometimes they make me feel special and beautiful and loved. They build my confidence and make me feel like a total catch.

They are the amazing examples of what good young men should be like. Sure they are still growing and not quite "men" yet, but they are well on their way to becoming amazing people.

My brothers are fun and loving and entertaining and annoying and loud and obnoxious and the absolute best adventure I have had in my life thus far and I wouldn't want it any other way.

I am forever thankful for the love they have shown me and the lessons they have taught me even if they don't know they have taught me them.

So thank you, to the three young men who continuously build me up, help me have the confidence to be myself, know my worth and never settle, and go out into the world and be the best version of myself I can be.

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If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have a friend

and, she'll probably rely on him over and over again.

Once she realizes that he's always there she'll hand him her trust,

and for a solid sibling-ship, this confidence is a must.


If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have someone to blame

when her blood is boiling and she's too mad to remember her own name.

She'll always have someone to run to when she's in need of a good laugh

and when she's at a loss for words, someone to speak on her behalf.


If you give a girl a brother, you can expect a lifetime of fights,

but to compensate, they'll stay up watching movies and bonding many late nights.

At times he'll be her worst enemy yet always her biggest alliance.

He'll make her happier than anyone on this planet, and there is no denying it.


If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have her half of a pair,

whether it's for when she wants to dance, drink coffee or play Modern Warfare.

She's always got someone to compete with, and someone to form a team.

A backbone, a driving force behind all of her amazing dreams.


If you give a girl a brother, you better watch your back,

because if her heart is ever broken, he'll be ready to attack.

She's always got protection, no matter the date or time.

He's like her Secret Service, her partner in crime.


If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have a reason to smile.

Someone to make every vacation, every road trip worthwhile.

She'll always have the biggest critique, to point out every flaw,

but someone to respect them and see her with star-struck awe.


If you give a girl a brother, she'll always have a hand to hold,

a shoulder to cry on, her very own stronghold,

and someone to support her in every endeavor.

If you give a girl a brother, she'll be the luckiest girl ever.


God blessed this girl with three amazing brothers who are everything mentioned above and more. I love all three of them more than anyone could ever imagine and I am so thankful for all the days they've been my personal assistants, my therapists, or my goofballs to laugh with.

I really cannot fathom anything greater than having a brother — or three.

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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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