When my sister was born, I sat in the hospital bed next to my mom and calmly asked my new baby sister to stop crying.
When I was 5 and my sister was 3, I rode a bike with training wheels while she cruised down the street on a two-wheeler, like a big kid.
During all of the adventures, hardships and lessons I've learned throughout my life so far, my sister has been one of the few people I can constantly count on.
In honor of National Sibling Day, I'd like to celebrate just how awesome it is to have a sister and why those of us who are lucky enough to have a sister (or sisters) should be thankful.
A sister can instantly double your wardrobe.
If you're lucky, like me and my sister are, you both have a similar body type, which means you get to share each other's clothing. I swap clothes with my sister all of the time.
Usually, she's the more stylish one who inspires me and what I wear, but she has her workout-pant-pajama-top days, too.
A sister will always have the right advice.
As a maturing young woman, my sister makes some dumb decisions. But, hey, we all do. Luckily for my sister, I've been there, done that and I can help her to avoid making the same mistakes I did.
On the flip side, my sister will also occasionally give me advice.
A sister will always share and keep secrets.
As she is for me, I am my sister's confidant. Families, friends and relationships tend to come with a lot of baggage that will usually result in some sort of drama.
Sharing and keeping secrets is something I've always been especially good at, and it's a useful skill I hope to have passed on to my baby sis.
Having a sister makes you interesting.
The bond I have with my sister is insanely intricate, special and unique in a number of different ways. For instance, my sister and I have our own language. We can talk about someone in the same room without him or her ever knowing.
Popular Viner Johnny Berchtold has a different language with his sister; they can be anywhere in the house and give this call to communicate. Different, but still pretty sweet.
A sister will always take your side.
Through the good, the bad and the ugly, a sister is always going to be by your side. When it comes down to it, whether she's right or wrong, I will always be there for my sister.
Of course, when she does mess up, I'll be the first person to point it out (but only after I've helped her out of whatever mess she's in). I know she would do the same for me because that's just what sisters are for.
A sister is a best friend for life.
No matter what, my sister will always be my first and best friend. We can laugh together, scream at each other at the top of our lungs and even go days without speaking to each other, but because the bond we have is so strong, nothing ever changes.
This is, in my opinion, the best part about having a sister.
No matter what kind of relationship you have with your sibling(s), take today to celebrate the bond you have. Send a text, write a blog post or make a call. Make an extra effort to make your sister(s) or brother(s) feel special!