My sister is three years younger then me and we are very different. Growing up she was a better student and athlete. I had more boyfriends. I can’t remember ever playing together. I would ask her to sleep in her room to have some company and she always said no. She would read my diary when I left the house. We only knew each other because we were sisters.
Things started to change after I graduated college. I went to visit her at college. That lead to more more visits, more conversations, and we became friends.
Family is a different type of relationship. You are forever connected to the people in your family even though you did not choose them to be in your life. And whatever differences, you are still connected. My sister and I probably would not know each other if we weren’t family. And I’m so thankful that we are. She is one of my best friends. I can tell her anything and when I need someone to listen she is there.
It is so important to our health to have trusted people in our lives. Close relationships with people we can trust makes us feel secure. Studies have shown strong, trusting friendships and a supportive community results in better health, less disease, and longer lives. For me, my family are my closest relationships.
Here are pictures from our visit to Boston visiting my sister.
It’s ironic that as I finish writing this blog post, my sister and I made up from a disagreement we had yesterday. That’s the thing about trusted relationships that mean a lot to us in life. We feel comfortable sharing our true feelings even when we are upset because that trust and vulnerability brings you closer.
Cheers to family and sisters,