To My Younger Sister, I Will Always Be There For You

To My Younger Sister, I Will Always Be There For You

There will soon be new beginnings for the both of us
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Watching you grow into the person you are today is one of the biggest joys in my life. You have matured into such an accomplished, young girl. We have made countless memories from splashing around in the pool together to marathoning F.R.I.E.N.D.S to driving to school. I cannot believe that I am leaving you in less than a month.

Growing up, we had very contrasting personalities. While I was very fast-paced and always lived on the edge, you loved taking your time. You were very artistic and creative. You were an introvert who preferred reading books over parties. Meanwhile, I was an extrovert and loved going to parties and dances. However, we made such a great team and our personalities complemented each other perfectly.

You were the best sister any girl would dream of having. You happily accepted my hand-me-down clothing. You supported me during the college admission process. You brought me water, medicine, and food when I got sick. You put up with all of my drama without complaining.

During our fights over toys or clothes, I remembered how we would eventually end up rolling over on the ground and laughing over how silly it was. We always made up so quickly and went back to being the best buddies. I always felt so bad whenever you went to bed mad at me.

As I am preparing to leave for college, I want to tell you some tips that I wish I had known during my childhood. The most important one is to treasure the time with your parents and to always listen to them. Even though they may seem very demanding and annoying now, they only want what is best for you. It is better to listen to them now than to regret your decision later on. If you do not agree with what they are saying, be sure to speak up so they can hear your opinion too. This way, your relationship with them will be much more clear and stable.

Another tip to keep in mind is to appreciate your childhood. I know you always think that you can not wait to be an adult and move away. However, being an adult has much more responsibilities and stress than you can imagine. Learn how to value and make the most of your stress-free childhood now. Time flies faster than you think.

The last tip I want to impart to you is that you should try new hobbies. When you grow older, you realize that you do not have as much free time as you used to. You will no longer have time to read that newly released young adult novel or draw. Since you have the time now, it is essential that you make the most of it.

There will soon be new beginnings for the both of us. Our lives are just getting started. As we both embark on new adventures, I want to let you know that no matter what (just as stated in the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. theme song) I will always be there for you.

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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I Love My Sister, What I Don't Love Is Living In Her Shadow

I am not my sister, I am my own person.

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Let me start by saying that I love my sister and we are each other's best friends. But we were not always this close. My sister and I are 21 months apart in age which makes us two years apart in school. We are very different people and have very different personalities.

Julia is caring, studious, creative, loud, and well in tune with her emotions. On the other hand, there is me…I am extremely independent, quiet, stubborn, have little to no filter, and don't really share my emotions. So, growing up we had to figure out how we fit with one another while having very polar opposite personalities and tendencies.

While growing up, since we were so close in school, we tended to have the same teachers just years apart from each other. That's where it all began and would continue for years to come. When it came to school for Julia, it was always easy, and she didn't have to try too hard to be an excellent student. She was loved by all her teachers and couldn't be a better student if she tried. This caused there to be a standard for me to meet once I got to that grade. I would get stuff like "oh I had your sister, I bet you're just like her," or the countless times when the teacher would be taking attendance and call me Julia. "Is Julia Gorman here…oh, I mean Jessie Gorman."

The ideals that were put in place from already having Julia made the school even harder for me. I personally have always had to put more effort into school than either of my siblings. It really has never been my strong suit and I know that, so I knew that meant that I would be studying more, getting more extra help, having tutors, whatever it took so that I could do well and get the grades I was going to do. With the teachers having these ideas and me not being able to meet them as easily and quickly as Julia was annoying and uncomfortable.

I wasn't seen as Jessie — I was seen as Julia's little sister, Jessie.

This caused some strain on our relationship when we were in the tween and teen ages. As we both started high school it became less of an occurrence because there were more teachers which meant that fewer teachers knew who Julia was. I was able to build my own reputation and no longer got confused as her. Though we did do gymnastics together I looked up to her more because she had been doing it longer than me and I knew that she knew more. That was something that we really ended up doing together. We also had some of our own interests that we did do separately, such as I was in the band and she did the broadcast program at our high school. We both had our own little piece of ourselves that we didn't share.

BUT… come my junior year and her senior of high school, the band was looking for someone that was experienced in gymnastics and acrobatic type skills. In the back of my mind, I knew that Julia would be really good for this. I first off didn't bring her name up because the band was my thing and I didn't have to be compared or feel outshined by anyone. I did end up bringing her up and she became the "Bond Girl." I was not too happy about it, but I knew that I had to for the sake of the band.

Fast forward to the present day, Julia and I have an amazing bond and an even more amazing friendship. Though we did go through our struggles and still don't always see eye to eye she's my best friend. Even though I will be trying to one-up to you 'til the end of time!

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