I am lucky as I am 1 of 5 children – 3 sisters and 1 brother. Growing up as the middle child, I often thought I was hard done by and that my siblings were treated better than me. As a mother myself, I know we were all treated equality, however parented differently depending on our personality. I have often wondered if siblings can make you a better person.
As a young girl, I fought with all my siblings and at times hated them individually. I tried to run away a couple of times (only managed to get to the cubby house as I was too scared to go any further) because I felt my siblings were more loved than I was. Being from a big family, we had to share everything and therefore got very little. As a child I hated this but as an adult it has taught me to be patient and to put others needs before my own.
Why siblings can make you a better person?
Gabe never complained as a child, even when things didn’t go her way. She was patient with her younger siblings and often helped mum out when times were tough. Gabe taught me to be understanding of others in a way no one else ever has. She sees the world in a different way to most and this has caused her a lot of heart ache over the years. I love that Gabe will never say die and always manages to get up and continue her fight. Her understanding and never be defeated attitude is why siblings can make you a better person.
Tim grew up quite shy and struggled communicating exactly what he wanted or needed. He often confided in me and we spent many nights talking about ways to grow his confidence. Tim taught me that just because one door closes, it doesn’t mean it is the end. Find another way to get inside that door. He was and still is a fighter and shows such strength when he sets his mind on something. I love that Tim is not afraid of his feelings when it comes to family and his confidence in life is overwhelming. This is why siblings can make you a better person.
We grew up sharing a room together and I always felt I had to look after Meg. In actual fact, she looked after me. Megan is one of the most loyal people I know and will deny herself if that is what is required to help someone else. Megan taught me that honestly and keeping your integrity is what is important in life. She has stayed true to herself and this reflects in the way she raises her children. I love that Megan is not afraid to ask for help and is always the first person to offer it. This is why siblings can make you a better person.
Amy grew up a little differently to the rest of us because of an age gap. Amy has taught me that if you want something then go for it. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Her strength in achieving her goals is contagious and I love to listen to her passions. She will not let anything stand in her way and for this has achieved more in her life time than most others would. I love that Amy sets the bar high and is not afraid to put everything on the line to achieve greatness. This is why siblings can make you a better person.
Thanks you Gabe, Tim, Megan and Amy for sharing my life and making me a better person. I love you all to the moon and back.
Do you have amazing siblings too?