It’s a unique relationship – different to friendship, family and lustful affairs.
It’s a relationship that you are forced in to at birth and will have for the rest of your life. It’s an unbreakable bond, otherwise known as sisterhood.
And as a younger sibling you grow up admiring your older sister, disagreeing with her, laughing with her, crying with her, fighting and yelling with her. You grow up leaning on her, talking to her, hugging her, boozing with her and taking her advice even if she thinks you don’t want it.
So, on behalf of younger sisters everywhere – here is what we want you to know, our older sisters.
1. You don’t need to feel responsible for us – we can handle life.
Being the older sister means you take on the responsibility as the caretaker, the protector and the know-it-all. But we don’t need it – not all of the time. We have our own path in life and we can fight our own battles. We love your advice, but let us make our own mistakes. And let us care for you sometimes, let us be the shoulder for you to lean on – you don’t have to be an independent role model all the time and you don’t always have to have the answer.
2. Your wardrobe will always be our wardrobe too.
Your clothes will always be free-for-all to your siblings as will your shoes, handbags, make-up and hair products. If something goes missing, we have not stolen it or even borrowed it – we have taken it as a right that all sisters have. So thanks for the extras.
3. Our opinions are as valid as yours.
Yes we like to have opinions. Yes we like to be heard. Yes we really care about what you think about our thoughts, so please sit down and listen to us. Even if you think what we’re saying is wrong or misinformed just give us the space to have our say. And then, smile and nod and make us believe that you agree with at least one point we’ve just made – because you’re our older sister and we value your opinion (even if we’d never admit it).