Your Sister Is A Lot Of Things, But She Will ALWAYS Be These 11 Things

Your Sister Is A Lot Of Things, But She Will ALWAYS Be These 11 Things

Whatever your relationship is with them, they will always be family.

Siblings are always fun (well sometimes fun) to have around. They make you laugh and most likely share the same frustration with your parents. They also make you want to scream when they take the car when you clearly called dibs on it two days before. I have a sister and even though we have had our differences, we help each other out a lot.

1. A dance partner

If you are like my sister and me, we frequently had dance parties and put on different shows. Whether that would be for our parents or our stuffed animals, with or without a camera rolling, we never ceased the moment to break out our boombox and put on our favorite tunes to dance to.

2. A playmate

Give us a reason to play with our My Scene dolls, we would do it. Give us a couple hours to set up our houses and we would act out a story. Even though we would get tired of playing after 20 minutes of going through the story. We would always have each other.

3. The person who ate the last brownie

As you sit at the dinner table, you both rush to finish first so you can get the last of the dessert. Or when you called dibs on it when you got home from school, you find that all that is left are crumbs and your sister's guilty face. Ugh.

4. A confidant

No matter what it is, she will be your secret keeper. With little to no judgment, she will be there to listen and help you with whatever you are going through. She will be a shoulder to cry on.

5. Another wardrobe

My sister and I wear the same size everything. I am talking literally everything. What I tell other people is that it is a blessing and a curse. It's great because you have double the wardrobe. It's hard when you are away and you see she's wearing your shirt that was packed away downstairs. With lots of arguments over who's wearing what, you establish rules. But not without fights.

6. The person who pushed you down the stairs

Maybe not pushed you down the stairs but caused you some sort of pain. Like slammed your finger in the door, made you fall off your bike, or landed on you while you were on the trampoline. You have many scars and bruises from her but they always make for funny stories later on.

7. A partner in crime

Got a scratch on the car? You both do whatever you can to hide it and no one would ever speak a word of it. Heck, she would help you hide a dead body if it was for a good reason.

8. A protector

Your sister may be annoying and you tease her with whatever pushes her buttons but the minute someone decides to do the same, you protect her with your life. You will not have anyone hurt her. If she gets hurt, you will hunt down that person and make sure they never do it again.

9. A singing partner

Long (or even short) car rides call for sing-alongs. Especially songs that have you dancing and screaming the lyrics. Added bonus: open the sunroom and windows on a beautiful day and grace the people with your beautiful singing !!

10. A photo bomber

You have the perfect pose for a beautiful picture with great lighting. You look at it and see none other than your sister to make the silly face to ruin the perfect picture. Leave it to her.

11. Your biggest cheerleader

She is your biggest support system. No matter what good things happen in your life, big or small, she will be there with an awesome job and a hug. She wants to see you succeed. She cares about you and will always believe in you.

Sisters' relationships are all different. I love my sister and the relationship we have. Being apart from her in college has only made our bond stronger. I am proud of the person she has become and can't wait to see what else she has in store. But sisters will always be family.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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To The Sister About To Move Away, Girl, You've Got This

You may not physically be here right now, but you're always with our family.


You were there on the day I was born, somehow sleeping soundly as our mom gave birth to me. I'll never forget the photograph of her presenting me to the world and you sitting beside her, holding up your newly-purchased beanie baby with pride as if being handed this toy was equal to the miracle of birth.

It was a crab, by the way, which somehow makes it funnier.

Growing up, you loved to trick me. You'd make me do chores for you and steal my favorite Barbies, but I think that's just part of being an older sister. I'd stick my tongue out at you and cry out the same phrase, "Mooooom, Sissy is being mean to me!" In fact, I yelled this phrase so often that it began to take on a musical quality.

You were mean at times, but you always had my back. You physically beat up other children that had wronged me, and you let me crawl into your bed so we could watch TV together and exchange stories. We'd often immerse ourselves in fantasy worlds where we were princesses and we rode unicorns side-by-side.

But we grew up, and our fantasy world evaporated like the muddy puddles we'd play in after stormy nights. One second it was there, and then, it was just gone. I remember having a conversation a few years back where we wondered if we had known the last time we played Barbies would, in fact, be our last.

When I was a seventh grader, you were a junior in high school. Our problems were very different back then, but that didn't stop us from talking endlessly about them. We were so similar. We bonded over cheerleading, cute boys, books and music. But even more than that, we bonded over our similar life views and questions about the universe. We both possessed an innate love for life yet we were both distrustful of society's guidelines.

Watching you enter new life phases enthralled me. I thought, Wow, that will be me someday. I danced around the house in each of your four prom dresses, my imagination taking me to a place much grander than a high school gymnasium. Through your stories, I romanticized the future and hoped that I would be as cool as you.

It was a little tough at times, though, always longing for a different part of life. When I entered junior high, all I wanted was to be in high school. When I entered high school, I decided college was much cooler because that's what you said. And you were certainly right about that one.

You were the only one I felt comfortable sharing my writing with, the only one I knew could read the meaning behind my sideways glances. We just got each other in every way.

And we still do. To this day, you are one of the people I love and trust most. I don't know what I am going to do without you by my side, as you've been right there for 20 years. But I'm so proud of you. Of the many things we would lay around and talk about throughout the years, one topic persisted: moving away. Moving used to be a pipe dream, something beautiful that lived in your mind but would never come to pass.

And then you took a chance. And now that dream is a reality.

I want you to know how much I admire you. You are so incredible and resilient. I've never met anyone so strong-minded and willing to fight for what she believes in. You would never compromise yourself or your values for another person, but you are generous with others and so kind-hearted.

You are curious about the world and have a desire to learn about life and the richness it has to offer. That is a special quality that cannot be learned. You are beautiful in every way and are truly a blessing to have as a sister.

And it is from these very qualities and so many others that I know you will do great on your own. Sure, it's super tough at first; nobody said it would be easy. But if anyone can do it, then that person is certainly you.

I will always cherish our moments together, and you can always count on me to be there on the sidelines cheering you on, no matter where your adventure takes you.

Much love,

Your Little Sis

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