11 Things I've learned Being the youngest sibling

I am the youngest of four - by eight years. My siblings are all in their late twenties or early thirties, whereas I just turned twenty-one. I've learned lots of things from them, all of which are vital life lessons.

1. The shows they watched as kids are inherently better than what I did.

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And there will be no questions asked about it.

2. When told to ask Mom for something, do NOT immediately preface it with, "Michelle wants to know if we can..."

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Sorry, Sis. I was never a great mole.

3. The reason you were born was for cheap labor.

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Because you're clearly not working hard enough.

4. "You're weird" is code for "I love you."

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Took me twenty years to figure that one out. Life got a lot easier afterward.

5. You really ARE weird.

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At least, if you're like me and are the theater kid in a crowd of athletes.

6. Anyone who hurts you is fair game for a beating.

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Because you were smaller than them for a good portion of your life, you have the added benefit of automatic protection.

7. Anyone they PERCEIVE as hurting you is fair game for a beating.

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Oftentimes, they don't actually ask questions first.

8. You will forever be "Jeff's sister."

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Or Michelle's. Or Keith's. You are not you. You are them. It is an established thing.

9. Siblings make the best karaoke partners.

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And Bohemian Rhapsody is the best song ever.

10. If you do not bloom in the exact same pattern they did, there is some kind of aberration in your growth.

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If that makes sense. It probably doesn't.

11. Most of what you think is funny...isn't.

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It makes more sense in my head, okay?

12. You've got at least one (three, in my case) people who will always have your back, no matter what.

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It's pretty chill, this youngest child arrangement.

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