I’ve been writing drafts for future posts and after seeing that many of my posts were about a plethora of different topics, I wondered what connected them all. I realized that I had created an unconscious goal to always leave my readers with either a new skill, be enlightened about something that could be a game-changer to help somebody, or raise public awareness about topics not many people know about. I was talking to my roommate the other day and she remarked how she always learns something new after talking with me and how I always share my knowledge so freely with everyone. I was a resident assistant for two years and I loved being able to use one of my strengths of mentoring and helping people on a daily basis. I’ve realized that much of what I do is because of my identity being tied to the fact that I’m an older sister!
Most people don’t know this about me, but I was an only child until I was about 12. I had always wanted siblings and that year I got 3 little sisters!! It was a dream come true and I strove to be the best big sister for them that I had always wanted as a kid. Part of this meant for me to always be there for them, support them, teach them anything that might help, and of course, love them. I am still constantly looking for ways to be there for them even though we live across the country from each other. Because of the large age difference between my siblings and I, I practically ran my own babysitting business and tutoring service at times. Family nights usually consisted of stuff like acting out the play “Puff the Magic Dragon” at a church event (for the record I played the part of the sea while my little sister was the dragon), watching Curious George, playing with toy cars, or persuading my siblings to play board games through promises of baking brownies or jello together. Part of my identity is permanently intertwined with that of a horse because of the countless piggy-back rides I’ve given. I have done countless hairdos, painted hundreds of nails, wiped away tears, given tickles until they can’t breathe, said plenty of dad jokes to get them to stop being grumpy, perfected the voice of Blues Clues, and given tons of advice.
Not only do I like to help out my own little sisters, but I try to do the same for other people too. I remember as a kid being so jealous of my friends who had older siblings who seemed to always know the coolest things and always have someone there for them. I remember having to travel from my mom’s to my dad’s house and wishing I wasn’t so alone in things that seemed really challenging. Even when I first arrived at college, I envied the people who had older siblings to help them out if they needed a ride to the doctor or even have somebody who you could talk to living so far from home. Now that I’m the older sister, I recognize the same look of jealousy in other little kid’s faces that I probably used to have, when they see one of my little sister’s and I laughing together and spazzing out in public. I know that not everyone has a cool older sibling (cough cough like me :P) to help them out and life can be pretty difficult by yourself. That’s why I always try to look out for people because you never know what battles they may be facing and if they have any help from anybody else. (or if the people they are getting advice from are actually hindering them) Like all older sisters, I’m far from perfect. However, I’m always there to help in whatever way I can!
Whenever I take note of something that could be beneficial for others, I immediately want to share it. It’s why I’m so passionate about a variety of subjects. The more things you know, the more people you can help. I hope this explains the wide variety of subjects that I post about!
I hope everybody had a terrific weekend and are prepared to slay this week! If you need tips to make more out of the time in your week, check out one of my past blog post’s here! If anybody feels like they don’t have that “older sister” in your life and you need to talk, feel free to reach out to me! Everyone’s a part of the fam. Finally, if you my dear reader can find a way to be a sort of “big sister” or “big brother” to somebody, I’m sure you could have a bigger impact than you could imagine! Sometimes when we feel like we need the most help, that’s when giving help can actually benefit us most.