This past Sunday was my little sister's birthday. We had a small get together at home in honor of her 9th birthday. We had so much fun! It was the first time in four years that I was able to celebrate with her. I am so grateful to have a sibling. I was an only child for a long time. When she finally came into my life I was ecstatic to learn I was going to be a big sister.
I have learned so much from her these past nine years. I remember one time I was feeling down and, as always, she tried to help me feel better. This time, however, she gave me quite a rude awakening. I told her about some insecurities I had about my academic future and she responded by slapping me and sternly telling me "Have some confidence in yourself!" Although I should have been mad at the fact that she had slapped me, her actions were astonishing. Here is a nine-year-old child slapping sense into me, a 22 year old. It was literally a rude awakening! But it helped me realize I have many reasons to believe in my potential. More importantly, it made me see how my sister looks up to me as a role model and how much she believes in me. It is my responsibility as a big sister to be a role model and guide her to grow into a confident young woman. If I can't be a good example of confidence to her, who else will be?
Thank you sister for all your advice; you are a wise nine-year-old. You are always my lifesaver; I'm so glad to have you in my life. Without you I would be lost in this overwhelmingly demanding world. Happy Birthday!