Here I am at 4 years old:
Obviously at my peak, I was moving WAY too fast with no intentions of settling down. My parents decided to intervene.
Being an older sister (to a little sister) has been the best job in the whole wide world. Here are four things I can definitely thank my little sister for.
Since the oldest is always supposed to give it up or focus on the youngest, I definitely learned to wait my turn and not take it personally when last goes first.
Because every. SINGLE. time. I come home from college I find MY clothes on HER floor. And she doesn’t seem apologetic in the slightest.
My little sister forced me to be the best role model I could be. I never want to let her down! Livi is one of the main reasons I’m chasing my dreams; I want her to see me do well and feel inspired to reach her goals too!
I once read a quote that said, “Be who you needed when you were younger.” I have to practice self acceptance and self love so I can show that to my sister. Don’t get me wrong – somedays, that’s really hard. I don’t want to put her inside this bubble where she doesn’t see me sad or upset, but I don’t want her to think its good to be so down on yourself, either. I needed someone to show me what it means to love yourself when I was younger so I hope she learns to love herself and her body from me.
I would be lying if I said being an older sister is easy. But its the coolest thing in the whole world to watch someone grow up from day 1. When she was born, I was excited to have someone who was exactly like me – and man, was I so wrong about that idea! She is the EXACT opposite. But that’s okay. She’s 400x more athletic than I am, more relaxed, funnier, and prettier. As an eighth grader she should feel lucky that she’s got it so easy since in middle school I wore velcro shoes, red glasses, had the biggest two front teeth in the damn universe and my go to outfit piece was gaucho capris…anybody else?? No? Just me? I hope she never forgets how proud I am to be her big sister and also how much pressure it is to be her ONLY sibling. I’ve got a lot to learn about this crazy world, but she’s the best teacher.
P.S. Liv, if you’re reading this: play in the L4, please. You and I both know you can do it.
Are you an older sister to a girl, too? What has she taught you?