I remember sitting in my mom’s hospital bed when my sister was born. I had been with a babysitter. I remember being confused about who this new person was. She wasn’t like a relative that existed before. One day, I was the center of the universe. And the next day, I had to share it.
Little did I know, this little nugget would change my world in the best possible way.
I’m so thankful that I’m a big sister. Although Stacy is a couple of years younger than I, I learn so much from her. Seriously, this girl is amazing. Every day I’m so proud of her too! On Friday, while I was seriously stressing about like fourteen hundred things, she was texting me for advice for an internship interview. It reminded me how much she meant to me and how little the stress at work means in the big scheme of things. Being her older sister is one of the best things in the world, and literally no matter what either of us do, we will always be sisters. And I think that’s pretty amazing.
Five Things I Learned from Being a Big Sister:
1. Everyone is different | Stacy and I are so different. Besides the fact that we don’t look like sisters, we also have a ton of different personality traits. We have different interests. We have different strengths. Knowing this has always made me keep an open-mind when it comes to other people’s strengths. We work surprisingly well together because she brings different things to the table. She’s creative, way more chill, and thinks of new ideas that I never would have considered.
2. Have fun | Yes, Stacy is absolutely the fun one. She’s like a million times more fun than I am! Sometimes she makes me a nervous wreck, but I always have a lot more fun when I’m with her. Even when I’m not with her, I think about what she would do in social situations pretty much all the time and then go with that. Whereas I might start thinking of ways to get out of doing something, I know Stacy would jump at the opportunity (that is, if she wasn’t the one scheming in the first place.)
3. Being a good friend | Having a sister guarantees a lifelong friendship. We stick up for each other like nobody’s business. We see the best in each other and we always root for each other’s success. It’s the absolute epitome of friendship. I take the things I learn from our relationship and apply them to my other friendships.
4. Jealousy is really admiration | Yes, I am often jealous of my sister. But what I know is that the jealousy is really just things that I admire her for. I have to remind myself that I’m not mad at her… I’m proud of her. It’s hard to remember this sometimes, but it’s really the truth for all my jealousies. When I find myself feeling jealously building up in my belly, I remind myself of Stacy and how it’s admiration.
5. LOVE | I’m probably one of the best person at pushing people away… but with Stacy, I’m reminded of the importance of just loving people for who they are and worrying about nothing else. Yes, of course, I love Stacy unconditionally (hello, sisters!). I love her for exactly who she is. Nothing more and nothing less. It’s the purest kind of love!
(bonus #6: pop culture. she keeps me on my toes with movies and music!)
What do you learn from your sisters?
PS She got the internship!!!
PPS How cute is this picture of my mom and one of her sisters and me and Stacy?