Do you have a big sister? There really is no friendship like it; she had your back before you even had hair, she is pretty much your oldest best friend, and your life is much better for her being a part of it.
Check out 20 amazing things you’ll only understand if you had a big sister, or if you are a big sister.
1. You Were Her Taxi Driver
Let’s face it; it made your little sister feel much cooler when you drove her to school, rather than when your parents did it. You were also the only person who she could rely on to pick her up drunk at 3 a.m. without a long lecture.
2. She Was Your Guinea Pig
No matter how old your sister was, you used them to try out everything; new games you’d created, your makeup and clothes, and even the dubious ‘meals’ you made. It was a lot of fun for you – and hopefully character building for her.
3. You Taught Her Strength
Literally – anything you could find in your house could (and would) be used as a weapon of war against your younger sister. After that, playground bullies were nothing to your sister; you’d already taught her to stick up for herself.
4. You Are Her Life Guru
You have been giving your little sister sound advice since she was a toddler, and she trusts you to know what’s up. Whether she needs help with a promotion or choosing what to eat for lunch, you always know the right answer – mainly because you both know each other so well.
5. You Always Chose The Game
Being the eldest meant you got to decide what game you and your sister were going to play – which also meant you got to be the coolest character. You loved playing the teacher, the doctor or the shop owner, while your sister eventually got used to playing the student, the patient and the customer.
6. You Helped Shape Your Younger Sister’s Music Taste
Your younger sister shares a love of the same music as you – mainly because she grew up listening to your CDs. She may have groaned at the time, but now you both love to listen to the songs and reminisce together.
7. You Were Semi Cool – Which Benefited Your Little Sister
You seemed so cool to your little sister – mainly because you went to secondary school first and had ID. Before she was old enough, you would buy her beers whenever she asked (well, begged.) Ditto to lending her clothes or money for any cool parties she was invited to. In fact, you’re pretty sure you helped shape her social life, which you’re fine with. After all, what else are big sisters for?
8. You Always Got In More Trouble Than Your Younger Sister
If you and your little sister were pulling off a prank, you were always a little more worried – because you knew if you were discovered, you’d end up in much more trouble than your younger, equally mischievous sister. Sigh.
9. You Will Always Be Honest
Even when the truth hurts, you will always be totally honest with your little sister, and you’re pretty certain she is glad you are. From relationship advice to career advice, you will always tell her what she needs to hear, rather than what she wants to hear.
10. You Keep Her Secrets
No matter what is going on in your younger sister’s life, she knows that she can always talk to you and trust you to keep her secrets. You still haven’t told anyone the secrets she told you when she was five.
11. You Share Some Of Your Best Memories With Your Younger Sister
From family vacations to getting drunk together, some of your fondest memories are with each other.
12. You Prepared Your Parents For Your Sister
Most parents go through seeing their teenager drunkenly throwing up for the first time, and it’s normally pretty horrible for both parties. However, you did all of that first, saving your younger sister from unlimited guilt at the hands of your parents.
13. You Share A Unique Sense Of Humor
Your sister has known you her whole life, so it isn’t surprising that you share a sense of humor that makes no sense to anyone else. You have endless inside jokes with each other, and they can make you laugh like no-one else.
14. You Know You Can Fight And Still Be Friends
There is no one in the world you fight with more than your little sister – but there is no one you love more, either. And somehow, it is reassuring that no matter how much you fight, you will always make up.
15. You Will Always Be There For Your Younger Sister
From tough break ups to having a hard day, your door is always open to your little sister.
16. You Helped Make Family Parties Fun
Family events can be particularly boring when you’re a child, but you tried to make every family party fun for your sister. While the adults drank wine and discussed renovating the kitchen, you and your sister would sneak off to play house in the bedroom – which was much more fun.
17. Your Sister Borrowed/Stole Everything You Owned
Clothes, food, money, makeup; anything your sister could get her hands on, she would take. It was pretty annoying at the time, but it taught you to be more relaxed and reasonable later in life.
18. You Taught Your Younger Sister About S*x
Well, not all of it – but your sister could always come to you to learn about the more squeamish stuff your parents tended to skim over.
19. You Always Have Their Back
Even though you and your sister can (and regularly do) openly insult each other, no-one else can. You all feel grateful for having a supportive ally no matter what – especially when you’re happy to tell your little sister if she is making a bad decision.
20. You Are One Of Their Best Friends
You’ve been through it all together; emotional break-ups, family parties, groundings, and general life struggles. You share more experiences with your sister than any of your other friends, and those experiences have made you inseparable.
Can you think of any more amazing things only big sisters would understand? Comment your ideas below!