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The one person that can simultaneously make you feel incredible love and pride, while also experiencing a level of annoyance and frustration that defies words – life with a little sister is truly an interesting journey. However, throughout all the highs and lows, she truly is your best friend!

You likely don’t want to actually admit it, I mean really, who does – but your little sister is by far one of the most important people in your life. She’s your first close friend and you confident, the one you turn to for support when things are rough, and the first person you call to celebrate when things are going well. In fact, scientists even say that sisters protect us from depression! What more could you ask?

It’s a relationship that can’t be replicated in any other place in our life. You may make some incredible friends, or find the love of your life, but nothing else will compare.

Here are 14 reasons why your little sister is truly your best friend:

#1 – You were the first friend that she ever had.

As soon as she was old enough to start making connections with the people around her, she had you there! You were her first true friend, the person she looked up to and the one person she longed for acceptance from above all others. That created an incredible and unique bond that neither of you will share with anyone else.

#2 – She is your greatest cheerleader and support in life.

Whether she wants to admit it or not, your little sister looks up to you. There is nothing more than her wishing for you to succeed.  In fact, in her mind, you can’t possibly fail so she knows that you’re going to succeed at everything and anything that you attempt. For this reason, she will be your biggest cheerleader, encouraging you to do the impossible.

#3 – Life will change, and people will come and go, but your sister will always be there.

If there is one thing that we are guaranteed in this life, it’s change. As you move through the different stages of your life, with friends coming and going, romantic relationships starting or breaking up, etc. you will find that you can always count on one thing – your little sister will always be there for you. This constant in your life is highly valuable, something you will truly come to appreciate.

#4 – She helps you to mature and accept responsibility.

She’s your little sister, and that automatically triggers feelings of responsibility and maturity. After all, it’s natural to want to protect her and take care of her. This instinct to be a good ‘big sister’ will help you to mature quickly and in a positive way.

#5 – You have done the most embarrassing things in life together.

You may choose to push the memories from your mind, but your little sister has been there with you through the most embarrassing moments in your life. From the hideous outfits that your parents forced you to wear as children, to your most cringe-worthy childhood crush, your little sister was there! In fact, she knows so much that you can’t afford to not keep her around…

#6 – When you need a second opinion, she will help you to make life’s big decisions.

She may not come into the discussion with as much knowledge or life experience, but she can bring a fresh new perspective to some of the problems that you face. She’s likely going to ask a lot of questions, but these questions will force you to seriously consider your options, opening your eyes to possibilities that you may have never realized, and coming to a well thought out decision.

#7 – She inspires you to be the best version of yourself.

You know that your little sister is watching everything that you do, so how does that make you feel? Most big sisters will start to notice that they make more of an effort to be the best version of themselves, trying to set a good example for their little sister. Not only will this encourage her to be a better person, but it also pushes you to do the same!

#8 – Regardless of what you put her through, she always forgives you.

Okay, here’s the point where we admit that we may not always be the nicest to our little sisters… We pick on them, play pranks on them and force them to do the dirty work that we don’t want to do ourselves. However, when everything is said and done, she always forgives you. It may take time, but she can’t help it, she loves you too much.

#9 – She’s such an important part of your life, that your friends consider her a part of their life as well.

If you’ve had the same friends for any length of time, then you are already going to know this to be true. They have been around your sister for so long at this point that she isn’t just your little sister, she’s their little sister as well! They grew up falling in love with her, and as she got older, their connection with her grew as well. They may act like she annoys them, but the truth is that they care for her too.

#10 – When you are about to do something stupid, she is your voice of reason.

We’ve all been in that moment at one time or another, where something seems like an AMAZING idea until it’s too late to take it back. This is one of those moments where you will appreciate your little sister the most, as she isn’t afraid to give you the blunt, honest truth, even if it’s going to be hard to hear. It may suck at the time, but you know that she will ultimately save you from making some BIG mistakes in life.

#11 – Regardless of how old you meet, she will help you to keep in touch with your youth.

As we grow older we often find that elements of our youth are lost. We lose touch with what’s ‘in’ at the time. When you have a little sister, you have someone there to help keep you tuned into this ‘younger’ self. She can introduce you to the latest music and ensure that your style is ‘hip’ and fresh.

#12 – She helps you to be better at giving advice.

You may have noticed that since you started to really master this ‘big sister’ thing, your friends are now all coming to you when they need advice and guidance in life. Your little sister, looking up to you, will come to you when she needs advice. This has helped you to build and refine these skills, allowing you to be an expert at giving advice, and your friends can pick up on it!

#13 – You share a connection that cannot be touched by time or distance.

While other friendships and relationships may struggle when faced with a long period of time apart, this has no bearing on the connection that you share. You could go for months without seeing one another, and as soon as you come together again it’s as if you were never apart.

#14 – Regardless of what stage you are at in life, you sister will ensure that you always feel loved and needed.

It’s hard to explain, but we all have the desire to feel loved, wanted and needed in this life. It helps to build our self-esteem and provides us with a ‘purpose’ in life when times get tough. Throughout your life, you little sister will always need you, even if she’s the one currently accomplishing great things. Why? Because you’re her big sister, and that can never be replaced.

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