To All The Middle Kids Out There, The Struggles Is Real
Start writing a post
Relationships

To All The Middle Kids Out There, The Struggles Is Real

Being in the middle isn't easy, but it isn't terrible either... it's somewhere in-between.

74
To All The Middle Kids Out There, The Struggles Is Real
Bryanna Xavier

I am a middle child.

Being a middle child can be great, but it can also be hard.

It's a unique experience that comes with it's ups and downs. I'm sure it isn't easy being the eldest or the youngest, but I don't remember being the youngest and I've never been the oldest, so I don't really know how it feels to be in those positions.

In my family there are six kids. Three boys and three girls, me and my brother are right in the middle (but he's still a year younger than me).

As the middle kids, we're different. It's odd, but I've noticed it from looking at the personalities of my older and younger sisters, and the personalities of my older and younger brothers.

The oldest and the youngest have similar personalities, they think alike and have roughly the same perspectives, while myself and my brother are different.

My sisters and I are like polar opposites. We get along most of the time, but there are definitely moments when we feel differently about something simply because we see if from a different perspective.

It amazes me just how much we communicate differently because of our positions.

Sometimes, being different in these ways makes us feel left out. Like we just don't fit in. Sometimes this is frustrating, but I've found that we, as middle kids, tend to be more confident because we have to just deal with being ourselves and the fact that we're the odd man out. Or at least that's how I see it.

Over the years, I've also noticed how being in the middle makes you more easily forgotten. People just don't think about you. I don't know why that is exactly, but it's completely true.

As middle kids, we're also more likely to be ignored. I don't know if its just our stealthy nature or the fact that we can be really good at blending in, but it just happens.

We are also in the awkward position of having responsibilities and authority over our younger siblings, which gives us a taste for power, but still being stuck under the thumb of our older siblings instead of just our parents.

This isn't always a bad thing, but it's definitely something that can be really annoying. I mean, getting a taste of that power and then having it just ripped away by an older sibling...it can be quite the humbling experience.

Most of the time that awkward position results in having authority issues. Especially when you add the fact that you don't believe that your older sibling should have that authority.

I know that when I was younger I would butt heads with my older brother all the time. He was in that position where he though he had authority over me, and most of the time it was backed up by my parents, but boy did I not like it.

Today we still butt heads, but as we've grown older the authority he did have isn't there anymore, because we are both adults, so we don't have as many altercations, so to speak.

Overall, being the middle child shapes your personality in unique ways. I feel that dealing with all of the ups and downs of being the middle kid strengthens us in the long run. And thankfully, God has blessed me with Parents who were the middle kids, so they can relate, which is nice.

So, to all the middle kids out there, our experiences may not be exactly the same, but I know what your going through and the struggle is real. Just remember to enjoy life and understand that you are remembered, cherished, and loved, even when it doesn't feel like it.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Social Media Or Soul Media

To the generation that cares way too much about affirmation.

1073
Emma Smith
  • This semester I am taking the ever so famous class, Writing 101. Walking into it, I had heard the horror stories about each major assignment. I have to admit, it’s not a class that I am fond of. But, major assignment #2 got me thinking, we had to create a research question based off of a topic that we are interested in.

Two weeks prior, I watched a very interesting documentary on Netflix. Miss Representation was recommended to me by one of my friends and I have to say the topic is absolutely mind blowing. Social Media and Female Body Image. How Social Media makes girls see this unnatural perfection of ‘beauty’ that really doesn’t exist. But female body image isn’t the only thing affected by social media.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Sex And The Church

A letter to fellow believers.

2473
Amanda Hayes
  • I know many of you just read that title and thought it was scandalous to see something so “risque” in the same setting as something holy. Well guess what – sex is part of that. Everyone seems to think they are separate, which makes since because most people treat them as though they are complete polar opposites. Shall we think this through?

Who created the Church body? God. Who created the body? Also God. If we know God to be the creator of all things, we cannot leave sex out of that equation. God created sex, people! Praise Him! Like all great things, the world has twisted and perverted it. The world has stained it so badly that even many church congregations see it only as stained and keep quiet about that part of God’s word. Many people know that God told Adam and Eve to “be fruitful and multiply” (Genesis 1:28), but a lot of people overlook the entirety of Song of Solomon. The entire book is dedicated to telling of the love and sex between man and wife. God blessed us with the gift of intimacy, one to be shared between husband and wife. Church if we teach of sex as the blessing that it is, more people will start treating it as such. If we stop viewing sex as this unspeakable act, the temptation would be lessened. With the fall of man, humans naturally desire things they should not have. So if more people speak of it with gladness and praise, and do not hide it in the darkness as if it were vile, fewer people would be drawn to it for the wrong reasons. More people would appreciate it for what it is: a gift from God.

Keep Reading... Show less
Tumblr

Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

An open letter to my father

What you did sounds dumb to me

3222
An open letter to my father
The Truth About My Parents' Divorce

Considering im 18 now & you're one of the best men i've ever met since you have a child; me. I want you to know that I love you, more than anyone, I love you. I don't forgive you for the way you hurt my mother. I'm hurt because you broke our family. Thing went down hill the day you found Laquita. You we're distant & shortly after my mother turned into the coldest, saddest women to walk past me. She's my best friend & so are you. Not one day goes by where I don't wonder what she did wrong. How on earth could you trade your family & the women who loved you unconditionally for a home wrecker? Sounds dumb to me.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

Is God Reckless?

Exploring the controversy behind the popular worship song "Reckless Love"

3358
Is God Reckless?


First things first I do not agree with people getting so caught up in the specific theology of a song that they forget who they are singing the song to. I normally don't pay attention to negative things that people say about worship music, but the things that people were saying caught my attention. For example, that the song was not biblical and should not be sung in churches. Worship was created to glorify God, and not to argue over what kind of theology the artist used to write the song. I was not made aware of the controversy surrounding the popular song "Reckless Love" by Cory Asbury until about a week ago, but now that I am aware this is what I have concluded.The controversy surrounding the song is how the term reckless is used to describe God's love. This is the statement that Cory Asbury released after many people questioned his theology regarding his lyrics. I think that by trying to clarify what the song was saying he added to the confusion behind the controversy.This is what he had to say,
"Many have asked me for clarity on the phrase, "reckless love". Many have wondered why I'd use a "negative" word to describe God. I've taken some time to write out my thoughts here. I hope it brings answers to your questions. But more than that, I hope it brings you into an encounter with the wildness of His love.When I use the phrase, "the reckless love of God", I'm not saying that God Himself is reckless. I am, however, saying that the way He loves, is in many regards, quite so. What I mean is this: He is utterly unconcerned with the consequences of His actions with regards to His own safety, comfort, and well-being. His love isn't crafty or slick. It's not cunning or shrewd. In fact, all things considered, it's quite childlike, and might I even suggest, sometimes downright ridiculous. His love bankrupted heaven for you. His love doesn't consider Himself first. His love isn't selfish or self-serving. He doesn't wonder what He'll gain or lose by putting Himself out there. He simply gives Himself away on the off-chance that one of us might look back at Him and offer ourselves in return.His love leaves the ninety-nine to find the one every time."
Some people are arguing that song is biblical because it makes reference to the scripture from Matthew 28:12-14 and Luke 15. Both of these scriptures talk about the parable of the lost sheep and the shepherd. The shepherd symbolizes God and the lost sheep are people that do not have a relationship with God. On the other hand some people are arguing that using the term reckless, referring to God's character is heretical and not biblical. I found two articles that discuss the controversy about the song.The first article is called, "Reckless Love" By Cory Asbury - "Song Meaning, Review, and Worship Leading Tips." The writer of the article, Jake Gosselin argues that people are "Making a mountain out of a molehill" and that the argument is foolish. The second article, "God's Love is not Reckless, Contrary to What You Might Sing" by author Andrew Gabriel argues that using the term reckless is irresponsible and that you cannot separate Gods character traits from God himself. For example, saying that God's love is reckless could also be argued that God himself is reckless. Reckless is typically not a word that someone would use to describe God and his love for us. The term reckless is defined as (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. However, Cory Asbury is not talking about a person, he is talking about God's passionate and relentless pursuit of the lost. While I would not have chosen the word reckless, I understand what he was trying to communicate through the song. Down below I have linked two articles that might be helpful if you are interested in reading more about the controversy.


Keep Reading... Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments