Sometimes it is weird to think that I have a sister that is 15 years younger than I am. Yes….at times people assume she is mine (I can assure you that she is not). Over the past 7 years she has been in my life, I have learned some valuable lessons from her.
1. Don’t Take Everything Too Seriously: Taking everything so seriously takes the fun out of things. You shouldn’t want to live a life of seriousness. Don’t be afraid to make your responsibilities something fun….trust me, it makes it easier to get it done. Having fun keeps you sane too! It keeps you from stressing out about everything and falling apart.
2. Dream Big or Don’t Dream at All: When you are young, all you can think about is what you want to do when you get older, where you want to live, where you want to travel, who you want to meet, but when you get older you realize it’s harder than it sounds. But I am constantly reminded by my sister that you can still dream. And I believe that if you work hard enough your dreams can become a reality. I make sure my sister knows that! She tells me all the time that she wants to be a dentist and have a nice car. And I tell her, “You have to work hard for it, do well in school, and don’t get into trouble”. I make sure she knows that everything won’t be handed to her, but that I will be there to help her.
3. It’s Ok to Cry Sometimes: Kids don’t even think twice about crying. When they are sad, they cry! No matter where it is or when, they let their emotions out. I believe it’s healthy to cry when you need it. When things are getting tough, you have had a bad day, or you are watching a movie that moves you. Don’t be afraid to cry. Keeping everything bottled up won’t help you in the long run.
4. Love Life: I don’t know what it is, but kids seem to have this zest for life all the time. They run around like they don’t have a care in the world. They are loving the simple things in life, like going to the park or watching Spongebob. I think it’s important for anyone to have a love for life. We should live life like it’s our last day.
5. Family Matters: If I have learned anything from my sister, it’s that family is so important. Your family are the people that are there for you no matter what. They are there for you when you are sad and you need someone to talk to. They are there to cheer you up and make your day a bit better. They are there when you want to celebrate and you want to have a good time. No matter what you are going through in life; a bad break-up, you lost your job, you got a bad grade in class, or you lost a game….they are there to help you. Your family members are your friends for life! When I am sad, all I have to do is talk to my baby sister and she makes it better. She may not know what’s going on, but the fact that she is happy makes me forget about all the things that were going wrong.