Sisters Are Best Friends We Didn't Have To Choose

Sisters Are Best Friends We Didn't Have To Choose

My sisters are my best friends, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

My sisters are my best friends, and regardless of the typical sibling rivalry that goes on whether I'm home or on FaceTime, I am so lucky to have two incredible girls who look up to me and stand by my side through this journey we call life.

Having two younger sisters, one two years younger and one seven years younger, has always given me a sense of responsibility, both when it comes to myself and when it comes to them.

I see myself as a role model, one whose every action, every decision is watched and copied by my younger sisters. This has always made me strive to be the best version of myself so I can be the best role model to them.

The responsibility I feel to protect and support them, too, comes from this. Because I know how much they look up to me, I treat them with the same respect and am willing to do whatever it takes to ensure the best for them.

Anytime something happens that warrants reprimanding from my mom, somehow I’m to blame, even from hundreds of miles away. “Who just cursed down there, girls?” “It was Sophie, Mommy, we’re FaceTiming with her!!!” I’m fine with it, though. I’d rather take the heat than have them get in trouble.

Even when I’m in trouble, I'm not really in trouble. That’s another pro of being the oldest; I've been here the longest, so I'm automatically the favorite. In truth, first is never actually the worst.

In all seriousness, though, being the oldest means a lot falls on my shoulders. Whether it’s driving them around or getting crying phone calls to come home because one of them needs me, I almost feel like a mom sometimes.

Don’t get me wrong, my mom is the best, and she does everything she can for each of us, but there’s something different about a big sister; I can't discipline them, so I’m more of a best friend than a parent. It gives me purpose, but it’s also totally an added stressor.

However, I wouldn't change a single thing.

My closet is basically a clothing store according to my sisters. I can never find any of my clothes, and nothing makes them happier than when I leave my favorite jacket home after a break by accident.

Before I know it, I realize the something’s home when the first thing that pops up on my Instagram feed is a photo of my sister wearing it. I’ll leave you to figure out what happens next…

As annoying as it is to have to look through every closet in this house for twenty minutes before getting dressed in the morning, there’s nothing like waking up with one of them in my bed.

Having sisters is basically having a built-in sleepover, and there has never been a time where I've needed a hug or a cuddle and haven't gotten the warmest, coziest one.

My little sisters are my biggest fans but also my biggest critics. When I need honesty, I get honesty. When I need love and support, I get plenty of that too, and of course, I reciprocate it and then some. I don't know what I’d do without them.

Having sisters is great, but having two little sisters is even better. I’m biased and don't know it any other way, but being the oldest is definitely the best.

Being away from them for the past few months has certainly not been easy, but distance makes the hugs tighter, the laughs louder and every moment when I do come home that much more special.

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A Letter To My Sister For Her First Semester In College

Some Advice to My Sister For Her First Semester

To My Sister,

I'm going to start by saying how proud I am of you and your accomplishments thus far and making it to the first step of a long but important journey of your life, college.

It seems like only yesterday we were just two kids who wanted to both be pop stars when we grew up so we prepared by performing at places like nursing homes and festivals to prepare (even though we got over that phase by the time we hit 5th grade). I'm writing this letter to you in hopes of giving good advice and wisdom from my 5 years of struggling as a college student.

Never Give Up On ANYTHING

You need to believe that you can do anything that you set your mind to because YOU CAN. I know it seems like the impossible when you're trying to pull that first all-nighter to finish a paper that is due in the morning but you got this! Even if you don't believe in yourself just remember that I do.

Stay Focused On What You Want To Accomplish

College is an awesome, fun experience in your life and I know how distracting everything else can be but make sure to focus on your projects and assignments. I know I sound like our mom but trust me when I say do your assignments for your classes because good grades lead to the things that you want most to accomplish in the future. Stay focused on what you want to accomplish and the rest will follow suit.

Always Know I'm Here For You

I promise that I will always be a text or call away if you need any help with anything. Even if you are having a tough time with deciding what you want from Taco Bell, just give me a call. You also have a wonderful family that will make a great support system (You know because I'm part of that family). I will always be by your side no matter what happens; it is kind of my job as your big sister after all.

Go Out And Explore

Explore on your own and figure out what you are most passionate about. Go join some clubs or participate in an intramural sports team. Find your passion; who knows it might just lead to what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Have Fun

Go make some friends, go to social events organized by the campus, go party (just not too hard). Remember that there is always time to take a break from the work of college and have a little fun. You can't just sit in your room all day and study till your brain is fried. Working hard comes with the relief of having a break every once in a while as well. College is a once in a lifetime experience so don't miss out on it.

I love you with all of my heart. We have been through thick and thin together and can't wait to see what the future has for the two of us. I'm ready to see what you can accomplish and know that YOU CAN DO IT!

With Love,

Your Big Sis

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When You're The Youngest Sibling, This Is Your Life

The youngest siblings always get thrown under the bus, but we win our parents' hearts.

Being the youngest sibling definitely has its perks, and your older siblings are jealous. Your parents take your side in arguments that you start, you get to take clothes, and you are able to boss around your older siblings to drive you around. It's not always the greatest being the youngest sibling, however, because you are constantly being watched and must live up to the standards of your oldest brother or sister.

1. Sneaking through your older siblings' closet

Being the youngest sibling means free clothes; however, it’s not very simple snatching these clothes from your sibling’s closets. There’s a strategy to sneaking around, but the second you hear footsteps up the stairs, you suddenly become a track star.

2. Lasting impressions on teachers

You are never excited to see a teacher on your schedule that your older sibling once had. “Oh you’re _____’s sister?” can either mean a constant competition to live up to your sibling’s standards or an automatic terrible first impression because of your sibling’s misbehavior in the past.

3. Your parents always take your side

Let’s face it, you constantly fight like cats and dogs with your siblings. Even if you started the battle, your parents always take your side.. Watching your older siblings get punished after because of something you started was always the best sight to see.

4. You have your own chauffeur

Your older siblings are always there to drive you around, and they can’t say no to the baby of the house. However, when your siblings picked you up, it could have been really embarrassing.

5. Baby pictures who?

Remember when you had to look for a cute #tbt or a baby picture for your senior yearbook, and all you could find was pictures of your older siblings? Your parents had professional photo shoots for the older brothers and sisters, but the only pictures you could find of yourself were only a few snapshots in the back of the albums.

6. They know how to push your buttons

The teasing never ends when you’re the youngest of the family. Your siblings know exactly how to make you angry, and they will constantly do so even after you throw a meltdown.

7. They're always on your case

You don’t get any privacy as the youngest. Your siblings always know what is happening in your life. You constantly think of new ways to keep your life private, but it always fails.

8. The oldest sibling gets priority, and you get hand-me-downs

You usually get your way in most situations, but when it comes to big items, seniority rules. You have to act like this doesn't hurt you. When doesn't the youngest sibling get their way?

9. You’re thankful to have them by your side

Through constant unjust battles, hair pulling and stealing clothes, you are more than thankful to have great role models to look up to. No one messes with you because they have to go through your older siblings first.

No matter how many hairs are pulled, skin is broken, or clothes are stolen, siblings always stick together.

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