A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
My parents always told me – “You only have one sister so take care of each other”. My sister and I were very close growing up. We shared a room for the majority of our lives, hung out with the same group of childhood friends, and played the same online games. We played house, made Runescape music videos and lip sync videos. She even trusted me to cut her hair (whoops). Being the oldest of four kids and the majority of my friends, I developed mother-like qualities. It was my responsibility to keep everyone safe and within my sight. As I got older, I had forgotten that my sister was getting older too. So if you have a younger sister, here are some things to remember.
You can’t protect her from heartbreak.
Even though I had experienced heartbreak before she did, nothing I could tell her would be able to prepare her for her first heartbreak. Everyone goes through it. The feeling is something that you have to go through first hand to fully understand what it’s like. What matters is that we are there for each other when it does happen.
You have to let her live and learn.
As an older sister, you always want to guide your sister. You’re used to a little girl depending on you. But your baby sister is not a baby anymore and human beings learn best from actual experience. Whether it be the right decision or the wrong one, your sister has to make choices herself. But you will always be there if she needs advice.
It’s okay if you’re not glued to the hip.
Because my sister and I grew up doing almost everything together, it sometimes felt weird if she wasn’t there for something or vice versa. But she’s her own person with her own friends and own life just like you are. As you get older, life doesn’t allow us to see each other everyday anymore. But you’re always down for boba tea when asked. 🙂
A sister’s love is unconditional.
You’re not always going to see things eye to eye. You may not be able to relate on some things. Some of your interests might even start to differ as you get older. But a sister’s love is unconditional and you know that you will always be there for each other at the end of the day.
Sisters have a strong, unique relationship and I’m grateful to have one of my own when some don’t have any. She’s helped shape me into who I am today. We have secrets that we’ll always keep and embarrassing moments that we’ll never let die. We’ve been through a lot with each other – boys, friendships, cats (lol), and there’s still plenty more ahead.
Here’s to sisters. Here’s to you, Celena. Love you babygirl! #flowerpower
Photo Credit: Mouy Bun of Sweet Bun Photo