My Brother And I Have A Bond That Cannot Be Broken

My Brother And I Have A Bond That Cannot Be Broken No Matter How Old We Get

My brother is my best friend and we will not let growing up come between us.

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When my brother was born, I was two years old and couldn't comprehend the fact that there was going to be another little person living with me and my parents. I wanted my mom's full attention and would tell her to "put that baby down." Little did I know, that baby was going to grow up to be my best friend.

Over the years, I have learned that a siblings' bond is one that cannot be broken. Being around Gabe since he was born has allowed me to truly know every side of him like the back of my hand. As a kid, he was a full time play mate. We played together every day, had the same friends on our street, and discovered out love for dance together. Now, as teenagers, he's my shoulder to lean on and I am his.

Moving away to college has been a learning experience for us and our relationship with each other. We are used to telling each other everything, eating lunch together in the cafeteria of our high school, and going to dance together. We spent most of our time together.

I never understood siblings who hate each other or who don't talk to each other. That just seems so strange to me since I can't imagine my life without my brother! I would probably be a completely different person if he wasn't around all the time. We have shaped each other in a way that only we can understand.

Now, I'm only 20 minutes away from home, but it feels like a completely different world. Sure, we text every day and FaceTime pretty often so we can tell each other what's going on, but its not the same. I miss laying in my bed and having him walk through the door carrying my cat. Sometimes I find myself waiting for it.

Getting adjusted to being away from home is something I'm still working on, but one thing is for sure: I am not letting growing up weaken my relationship with my brother. Soon enough, he'll be in college, too. We'll both have busy schedules and real "adult" problems to worry about. However, that doesn't mean we won't talk every day and continue to make time for each other. It just takes a little more effort than it did at home.

If you have a sibling, give them a hug. Let them know how appreciated they are. Sometimes we forget to show our gratitude to those around us, even when they play a pivotal role in our lives. I love my brother and I hope you love yours, too.

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To The Bestfriend That Turned Into A Stranger

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When you hear the world soulmate you think of the person you're destined to spend the rest of your life with. The person you marry, have kids with, and love unconditionally for the rest of your life. For me, I found my soulmate. Not in a boy, but in a best friend.

We were the type of friends that were so close people would mistake us for sisters. Some even thought my little sister was your twin. We did everything together, and quickly you became apart of my family. I think you spent the last 4 years staying at my house more than your own. Even when I was 10 hours away at college you were still there with my family.

We went through the ups and downs of high school together. We were there for each other through every heartbreak, trauma, and loss. Even 549 miles away from each other, I knew you would be there anytime I needed you because we always stuck by each others sides.

We even got tattoos together, because we were the type of friends that would never not be in each other's lives. When people saw me, they saw you. If you weren't around, they would ask where you were.

Until everything fell apart, I left college and you went to college. We didn't see each other as often as we did but we still talked. I could feel you pulling away and I didn't know why. You found a new friend, and i am so happy you did because the last thing I would want, would for you to be alone in college. But you quickly replaced me. You would come home during breaks and spend 1 day with me and the rest with her.

The reasoning why you said you weren't spending time with me was hurtful, and its not something i'll mention here. But just know it hurts. Asking for you to give me back the key I gave you for my house hurt.

I know you've been through a lot, and even after all the fighting, I reached out to you. Because I will always care about you and love you like a sister. But you can only try so hard to fight for someone that doesn't want to be in your life anymore.

I hope you find pure happiness, you deserve it. Just know I miss you and I always will. No one prepared me for the pain I would feel when losing my soulmate.

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8 Big Things My Little Sister Has Taught Me

"Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were 5." — Pam Brown

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On the day that my little sister was born, I gained a best friend for life. I gained a girl who I will fight with one minute and laugh with the next minute for the rest of my life. As the big sister, I always felt like I was the one who had to set the best example for her and to teach her.

My little sister, however, has taught me so many big lessons in the past 17 years.

1. Loving others

Loving my little sister is different than loving anyone else in my life. When I already thought that my life was complete, my little sister was born and I realized how wrong I was. I held that little human in my arms and I realized, in that moment, that I wanted to be the best role model possible. Even when we are both fighting and getting on each other's nerves, we may not like each other, but we do love each other.

2. Loving myself

Self-love is something that I have struggled with for a few years, especially since my eating disorder. My little sister helped show me that my poochy is cute and that my worth is not dependent on the size of my jeans and that it is OK to down a cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate shake.

3. Having patience 

My little sister knows how to walk along the very thin line that is my patience. She knows just the right ways to get underneath my skin. She knows just the right things to say to get a rise out of me. I honestly think that testing my patience is one of her favorite past times.

4. Being stealthy

Having a sister who is the same size as me, I have learned to be very sneaky in order to "borrow" any and all cute clothing that she owns. OK, maybe not very sneaky, but I can get away with it at least 50% of the time.

5. Making sacrifices

OK, sacrifices may be a little bit too intense of a word. What I mean is that I have learned what it is like to give-in for the happiness of others. Whether it be choosing a restaurant for dinner or a movie to choose from RedBox, I have learned what it is like to not always get my first choice, and that is OK.

6. Being overly protective

If someone treats me poorly, I can usually get over it. If someone treats my little sister poorly, however, that is a different story. My little sister deserves respect in life; she does not deserve to be treated unfairly or walked over. As her big sister, it is my job to make sure that she is treated properly.

7. Forgiving and forgetting

Girls can hold grudges forever. I remember people who did me wrong all the way back in elementary school. When it comes to fighting with my little sister, though, we can argue one moment and be laughing at and inside joke the next. My little sister helped teach me that sometimes, the best thing to do is move on in life so that you do not miss out on fantabulous memories.

8. Doing makeup

This may seem trivial compared to everything else above, but my sister really improved my makeup game. I went from relatively intense eyeliner and unblended eyeshadow to subtle makeup highlighting my best features.

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Having a little sister has changed my life in so many beautiful ways. I cannot imagine my life without her.

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