Best Three Reasons Why Having a Sister is Great!

For this post, I wanted to focus on one amazing person in my life, who not only is my best friend but also happens to be my sister.  She is one of the most important people in my life.  She is my big sister and has truly and always lived up to that title.  She is an amazing person.

For sisters, we have so much in common but we also have very different personalities (which I think most siblings do).  My sister is someone I can rely on, and who always helps me out when I need it.  She is always there to listen to me when I need to rant and rave about my life, when I need to cry and when things get too complicated.  She is also there to laugh with, to introduce me to new TV shows, movies, books and other things that I don’t know about and to just hang out with (this is more complicated now, as I don’t live anywhere near her).  However with texting we are able to stay in touch constantly (since I am not a telephone person) and can have that immediate connecti

1.  A built in best friend

2.  A guaranteed maid of honor

3.  Knowing there is someone out that is looking out for you

I am best friend’s with my sister (and I know that makes me lucky as there are a lot of sisters who are not friends at all).  This also makes it so much easier during family visits, reunions, weddings, funerals etc. – there is always someone that has your back but also has no choice but to be there also.

My number 2 best pick was easy.  For anyone that has had to choose a maid of honor and didn’t have a sister – that must have been uncomfortable (this also could go the other way, if you did have a sister and didn’t pick her as maid of honor).  Thankfully that will never happen for me, as I have a guaranteed maid of honor.  So great not to have that hassle.

As for my number 3 pick, that was also easy.  No matter what, even if we are fighter, I know my sister will be there to help me and stand up for me no matter what.  That is nice to have that and it is vice versa – I would be there no matter what.

So big sis, this goes out to the idiot that snubbed you:  “Kevin – you are a total a**hole!”

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Best Three Things that I’m Thankful For

As I get older I’ve begun to look back on my life and realize that I’m truly a blessed person.  I don’t use the word as a religious term but one that I use to help describe the amount of things in my life that I’m thankful for.  In context, there are still lots of things I don’t have but as the years start to climb, I’ve realized that they are just things – things I want but not things I necessarily need.  However, the things that I’m thankful for are truly the things that I need and want in my life.

In a society that is materialistic, vain and consumer driven, its nice to step back from all of that and simply look at my life and see the things that I would be devastated without and the things that I wouldn’t even notice were missing if they were.  That is why I’ve dedicated this post to the best three things that I’m thankful for.

1.  My family

2. The roof over my head and food in my belly

3.  My freedom

I think a lot of people would have their family as the first thing to be thankful for – so I’m not alone.  I have to say it (and I know other may disagree) but my family is the greatest.

I have been blessed with a father and mother who are the epitome of the ultimate parents.  They have raised me, clothed me, fed me and loved me.  They allowed me to grow, allowed me to make good and bad choices – while always there in the background when I needed them.  They always put my needs before their own.  They taught me manners, values, ethics.  They believed in me, even when I didn’t believe in myself.  They encouraged me, guided me and provided me with every opportunity they could.  They are what every parents should be and I’m lucky to have them.  My siblings, I know would echo my words and sentiments.

I was also blessed with an older brother and sister.  A brother that was always interested in showing me all the things out there in the world and of course an older sister that always looked out for me and is not only a sister but also my best friend.

Full Siblings

Full Siblings (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have also been lucky to find the love of my life and someone that rounds out my family.  He means everything to me and there is not a day that goes by that I’m not thankful that he had the patience to wait for me because I couldn’t imagine my life without him.

The second thing that I’m thankful for is the roof over my head (my house) and the food in my belly.  I once went to a lecture that a local university was sponsoring about the life of a Holocaust survivor.  I can still remember the silence of the room as an older man took to the stage and looked up at the audience and said “None of you know what its like to be so hungry, to be humiliated, to have everything taken away…”   They were words I never forgot.  He went on to talk about being hungry and as he talked, he broke down and started crying.  I never forgot that.  That is why I’m thankful to have a house that shelters me from the elements and I’m so thankful that I have never had to feel hungry.

The last thing that I’m thankful for is my freedom.  There is nothing else I can say to that.