My little sister is legitimately the coolest person I know. We grew up all over the U.S. and while constantly moving about, we had to become creative in entertaining ourselves in our new surroundings before making new friends. We spent countless hours singing, script writing plays, then recording ourselves, and exploring the outdoors.
From this girl, who is a brilliant and gorgeous, as we grew older, I often heard her say that she had to grow up in the shadow of me. It still shocks me. This came from someone whom I admired greatly. She is a person who always, under all circumstances, stayed true to herself, followed her dreams, even when it was a struggle. She never put up with crap from people who didn’t deserve her time or attention, or in other words, knew her self worth at a young age. She worked hard to achieve her goals and loves her work and her job. She doesn’t settle for less than what she wants. For myself, as a lost adult, I can’t think of much more that I want to be able to say that I’ve accomplished in my life. She is an example beyond anything I could’ve imagined from a human in this day and age.
My little sister also saved me during the hardest 72 hours of my life last summer. There are just no words that can describe the gratitude that I have for her rescuing me.
There is no jealousy. It’s complete admiration.
Today my little sister is, once again, doing it right. She’s getting married to her best friend. (Another one of my favorite humans on the planet). Ten years of patience and love have brought these two to marriage. I’m thrilled for them. I love these two and the strong women that they are.
She was cool at 4 and she’s cool at 36. I can’t say that I felt she was in my shadow. The way I see it, she may have been shining from within and directing her light toward me.