It's National Siblings Day! If you grew up with a brother or a sister, you should probably post a picture of them to Instagram or something today to celebrate ;) I have an older sister and I couldn't have imagined my childhood without her. If you have a sister like me, I bet you can agree on some of the things I've highlighted below.
1. If you did something bad when you were growing up, you probably blamed your sister and got away with it
When you were younger, placing blame on your sister became a knee-jerk reaction. It was something you just did. Maybe you're not proud of it now, but it sure felt good to dodge a bullet with your parents and play a sly trick on your sibling. Go ahead, text or call your sister now and apologize for everything you put her through.
In my case, I was able to get away with a lot of things since my sister is older than me. Being the youngest child definitely had it's benefits, and this was one of them. Sorry, sis!
2. You always get asked if you're twins, so you could really fool some people if you wanted to
You have the same parents, you look alike, you dress alike and some people may even think you talk alike and act alike. It's no wonder people get you mixed up all the time! Maybe you could get away with using her ID if you wanted to, but you were never brave enough to do things that real twins do like switching places in classes at school.
Growing up, my sister and I were asked if we were twins ALL THE TIME. If we had $1 for every time someone made a remark or asked us if we were twins, we'd be millionaires by now. People are often shocked when we tell them that we're actually three years apart.
3. You can share clothes and basically double your wardrobe
Not only is your sister your shopping buddy, she's your personal stylist! You can go to her and ask what she thinks of your outfit and she'll instantly notice if you're wearing something of hers. She grabs clothes from your closet just as much, so everything evens itself out and you have come to terms that you'll just share clothes for as long as you live together.
For me, this was and still is a major plus of having a sister. Since my sister and I are so similar in size, we can wear each other's clothes. When we used to live together before I got married, I would often raid her closet when I was trying to figure out what to wear the next day. She came into my room and did the same thing in my closet.
4. You always have someone to hang around with at events and family gatherings
Need a date to a work function? Your sister is always down to go with you. Want someone to whisk you away when Uncle Larry has had too many cocktails and starts asking you to pull his finger? Just shoot a look to your sis and she'll swoop in to save the day. When it comes to you and your sister, you always know what the other is thinking and you've basically agreed to stick by each other whenever you're surrounded by a lot of people.
I can definitely say that my sister and I have each other's back when we're at events. We hang around with each other and keep each other entertained if things start to get dull or boring.
5. Since you've known her your whole life, you have an array of inside jokes
Your sister has been there through it all and you've experienced a lot of funny moments together. Chances are that you have a lot of funny inside jokes that have accumulated over the years. Plus, making fun of your parents isn't as fun unless you have someone else laughing along with you!
I can always count on my sister to lighten the mood with an inside joke or bring up a funny situation from the past to make me laugh when I need it. I can still recall several inside jokes we've had since childhood. Ahh, memories!
6. She was your first and best roommate
Whether you had bunk beds or twin beds, when you and your sis shared a room you established boundaries from the start. She got the top bunk. You weren't allowed to touch her stuffed animals. She couldn't play with your new toy unless she asked. Aside from having your own spaces and rules in your room, you always had her to talk to before bed. If you had a bad dream, you could crawl into her bed and she'd make you feel better. If you woke up before mom and dad and needed to pass the time, you'd play with Barbies together or she'd read you a book.
I remember sharing a room with my sister like it was yesterday. Little did we know back then that we'd actually end up living together as roommates later on in life when our parents moved overseas for work.
7. You trade hair and makeup tips
You both have your preferred makeup products and your go-to hairstyles, but if you if need help getting ready for a night out your sister will be right there to apply your eye shadow just the way you like it or let you know what shade of lipstick you should go with. If your sister just perfected her contour technique, she's not afraid to dish all the details to you so you can get the same look.
I think it's so fun to get ready with my sister. I often give her makeup tips and she tells me the secret way she curls her hair to make waves last all day.
8. When you were in school, you sister helped you with homework and studying
Whether you have an older sister or a younger sister, you could always go to her for help with school projects or assignments. If you needed someone to run through flashcards with you or take a look at your diorama, your sis was the perfect person to ask!
My sister helped me with homework and school projects all the time! Since she's older than me, she had already taken the courses I was in, so if I needed someone to explain something to me, I could go directly to her and she'd help me understand.
9. You have someone who doesn't hesitate to tell embarrassing stories about you to your friends
Fitting in and looking cool in front of your friends seemed like one of the most important things to you when you were younger. You never wanted them to find out your most embarrassing moments like how you still slept with stuffed animals or you were afraid of the dark. You know who didn't have a problem poking fun at you in front of all of your pals? Your sister. Luckily, it was all in good fun and she never went too far with her jokes.
I can't even count the number of times my sister embarrassed me in front of my friends growing up. It kind of became something I expected when a friend came over. I learned to embrace it and not take myself too seriously thanks to her.
10. She will always give you her honest opinion on things no matter what
Sisters are honest. Sometimes brutally honest. They know what they like and what they don't like and they have no problem telling it like it is. If need an opinion and you don't want someone to sugarcoat it, you go to your sister.
If there is one thing that sticks out in my mind when I think about my sister, it's that she isn't afraid to tell me if she likes or dislikes something. If we're out shopping together and I'm trying on clothes, she'll be the first person to tell me what pieces she likes best and which ones I should ditch. If I'm talking to her about a problem in my life, she'll tell me exactly what she thinks I should do.
11. You can talk to her about anything and she'll always be there to listen
Sisters are so special - not is your sister family, she's your best friend. You share an irreplaceable bond and you know everything about each other. You can share your secrets and your struggles with your sister and she'll be right there with you through all of the things life throws at you. Life is definitely a roller coaster, but your sister is buckled into the seat next to you with her hands high in the air, encouraging you to embrace each day.
Shout out to my sister for being there with me through it all! She's the real MVP!
Do you have a sister? If so, what are some of your favorite things about having her in your life? Share with me in the comments below.