Blood isn’t just thicker than water for some people – it’s thicker than anything. It doesn’t always happen, but it’s truly magical when those brothers and sisters who you are stuck with for life is also your greatest confidants, biggest cheerleaders, and core support system. Not only do you stand each other, you can’t get enough of each other. When Mom makes your perfect match, it’s a bond unlike any other.
1. The weird things your family does only when you’re together become your favorite moments.
Whether it’s going to dinner at the same place every Monday or making fun of shitty Lifetime movies, these simple memories are the things that make you smile most. You try to explain it to other people but usually give up, saying, “Never mind. Guess you had to be there,” even though you know those moments couldn’t happen with anyone else.
2. Your inside jokes go back decades.
The best thing about the sibling relationship is having each other there for the big moments like birthdays, graduations, break ups, and victories. You have a history of funny moments that can’t compare to any other friendship.
3. You know you can get an honest opinion from them.
Brothers and sisters aren’t there to sugarcoat the truth. If a guy isn’t good for you or a dress isn’t flattering, they’re going to tell you, despite how little you want to hear it.
4. You can be mad at each other.
Sometimes after those tough love sessions, you want nothing to do with your family. However, deep down you know that in a few hours you’ll be knocking on their doors asking if they want to run to Chipotle.
5. You need each other’s approval.
Sometimes it feels like you can’t make an important decision unless your siblings agree. Where you go to college, who you date, and even what to wear requires an “okay” from them or else it’s not going to happen.
6. You don’t even have to talk to know what they are thinking.
Just a look and you know exactly what is going on in their minds whether it’s “Mom is being embarrassing again” or “We’re going to get in deep trouble for this one.”
7. You have each other’s backs no matter what.
It’s easy for friends to leave when things get tough, but if you have a problem, it automatically becomes your siblings’ issue as well. You can count on them to be there for you in any situation, whether it’s bailing you out of jail at 4 am or to hang out with when your friends ditch you.
8. If someone wrongs your brothers or sisters, you will make them sorry.
Your siblings means more to you than anyone else, and if someone hurts them (or even tries to), you are not afraid to take matters into your own hands. They will feel your wrath and know never to mess with your family again.
9. You can be yourself completely.
Your brothers and sisters know your strange habits and darkest secrets, so there’s no reason to put on a front around them. You can spend time watching bad reality TV in sweatpants that are six years old and they don’t care. You can also say what you’re really thinking and feeling because you know they’ll support you.
10. You know each other better than you know yourself.
When one of your siblings makes a suggestion, you strongly consider it because you know that they know your likes, wants, and needs. There have been more than a few times that you needed someone to say, “Why are you doing that? You hate that,” for you to realize you’re going against your own desires. And you need someone like that.
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