This I Believe

Brittany - San Luis Obispo, California
Entered on February 10, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30
Themes: family

I believe in the bonds of sisterhood. There is something about having a sister, especially having one so close in age to you. A sister is not just someone you grow up with, but someone who keeps you grounded. She is someone who will stay up until midnight just to talk to you. You can be in a room together and just know what each other is thinking without saying a word. A sister is someone who can always put a smile on your face. She is someone who knows you better than anyone else. If there is anything you need, a sister is someone who will do whatever it takes to make things better.

My relationship with my sister is something I will always treasure. We are only 18 months apart and have spent our entire lives doing everything together. When I started pre-school, so did she, even though she was a year early. When I began playing basketball, she was right there with me. We have gone on countless adventures together and shared everything from clothes to memories.

I never realized how important having my sister in my life was, until this year. After all, I had spent a good part of my life wishing that I could have my own space away from her. I didn’t want to be one of the Hori girls; I just wanted to be Brittany. I always assumed my sister would always be right behind me, following my every move, nagging me every step of the way. As the time got closer for me to move out and go to college, I began to realize that I would miss her more than anything else. I would miss our little fights, our car rides to school, and our one-on-one basketball games in the backyard.

Life without her has been a whole new experience. There is no one here who comes even close to filling her shoes. Even though I joke with her and say that I love not having to constantly watch over her, she knows that I cannot wait to come home and see her. My sister and I are 290 miles apart, yet we are closer now than we have ever been. I now realize that she is the best friend I will ever have. Even though, she still gets on my nerves, I realize that she is just fulfilling her role as a little sister. At the end of the day, she is the one who is the most dependable and cares the most about me.

I believe in the bond of sisterhood. There is something special about knowing that no matter where life takes you to, you will always have your sister there. My sister has been there through the ups and downs, standing right beside me every step of the way. We have a powerful bond that will never dwindle. We have a bond that will only grow stronger as we grow older.