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10 Reasons Why Your Big Sister Is The Most Important Person In Your Life

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Your big sister is your best and oldest friend, your greatest critic, and your fiercest protector. Your older sister can drive you mad and bring you to tears, but she’s also the only person out there that you will love unconditionally no matter what. She is your big sister, after all.

This article looks at the 10 reasons why your sister is the most important person in your life, but before we present the reasons, let’s look at what qualities a good sister possesses.

What Are The Qualities Of A Good Sister?

1. Honesty

An honest sister always tells it like it is. She doesn’t beat around the bush or mince her words. Instead, she tells the truth no matter how unpleasant or cruel it might be. It’s nice to have someone in your life who can tell you what they really think about you or something related to you. 

2. Loyalty

A good sister is the one you can always count on. She’s always there for you when you’re going through rough times in life. She’s always there to listen to you when you’re complaining about something or articulating your concerns, even when she doesn’t agree with you.

3. Trustworthiness

Having a trustworthy sister means having someone you can always share your secrets with because you know they’ll be safe with her. A trustworthy sister won’t betray your secrets even when you have a serious fight over something. She’ll never do anything that could hurt your feelings or make you feel betrayed and manipulated.

4. She Listens Attentively To You

A good sister is one that listens attentively to you when you’re talking to her. Whether you’re hurting, complaining about something, venting your anger or frustration, or boasting about your successes, she pays close attention to what you have to say.

5. Compassion

It can be difficult to be compassionate with someone when they act irresponsibly or when they don’t take your advice and make a foolish mistake because of that. But a good sister is compassionate with you even when she disapproves of your behavior. 

She knows how important it is to be compassionate with you through challenging times. So, whether you’re struggling with a problem or feeling sad, disappointed, or hurt, she’ll always be there to comfort you and give you a wise piece of advice. Because when you have a compassionate sister, you’re never alone in your struggles.

6. Thoughtfulness

A good sister is kind, thinks about your needs, and remembers the things that mean to you the most. Thus, she’ll never forget your birthday or get you a present for Christmas. How great is that?

7. Selflessness

A selfless sister cares more about what you want and need than about what she herself wants and needs. She prioritizes your needs, feelings, desires, and values over her own. She puts you high on her list of priorities, and she won’t let anyone or anything compromise that.

8. She Protects You

A loyal and compassionate sister stands up for you. She doesn’t let anyone talk behind your back or offend you when she’s around. She’s always ready to protect you from anyone and anything.

9. She Apologizes When She’s Wrong

A good sister is not afraid or ashamed to admit her mistakes and takes responsibility for her actions. She accepts criticism and is willing to do anything in her power to correct her mistakes.

10. She’s A Great Leader

A good sister, especially an older one, is a wonderful leader to her younger siblings. Being more experienced, she can make wise decisions and teach you how to obey house rules. She can also teach you how to honor your parents and offer you help when household chores need to be done.

11. She Takes Care Of You

She’s always there to take care of you when you’re sick. She loves you truly and unconditionally, and she’s always willing to sacrifice her needs and postpone doing what she is doing to take care of you when in need.

12. She Corrects Your Mistakes

Regardless of how many mistakes you make, a good sister will always be there to help you put them right and turn them into valuable lessons so that you don’t repeat them in the future.

13. She Doesn’t Perceive You As A Rival

A good sister doesn’t compete with you. She’s not jealous of you. She doesn’t treat you like a rival. For her, your achievements are her achievements. She celebrates your successes as much as you do because she supports you and wants to see you be and do better in life.

14. She Forgives

A good sister would never allow any disagreement or fight to break the bond between you. Instead of holding grudges, she’ll let go of her anger and talk to you about any problem you might be faced with and do her best for you two to overcome it. She’ll never let any argument or disagreement disrupt the harmony in your relationship and cause you to feel resentment against each other.

15. She Always Makes Time For You

Regardless of how hectic her schedule is, she always manages to find time to hang out with you. She is always willing and ready to organize family reunions as well as plan trips and vacations.

16. She Accepts You The Way You Are

She knows all your flaws, insecurities, quirks, and whims, but she doesn’t expect you to change. Instead, she accepts and loves you just the way you are, with all your good and bad sides.

Here are 10 reasons why your older sister is the most important person in your life:

1. She Is Your Best And Most Loyal Friend

Having been there literally from day one, she has witnessed all those significant moments in your life, starting from your first baby steps, your first pimples, your first bad breakup, and pretty much each phase of your development to adulthood as they come along one after the other. Sisters are good at dealing with a bad attitude, teen tantrums, and giving advice. (1)

2. You Share The Same Closet

Have you ever noticed that her clothes always seem to look somewhat better on you? Big sister equals big closet, and I am not ashamed to admit to borrowing a T-shirt or two from my big sister’s closet when we shared a room back in the day.

3. She Knows How To Deal With Your Parents.

Whatever problem you may have with your parents, you can bet your big sister has been there too. Using her own experience, she will help you navigate the problem much more smoothly than you would have yourself. Think of her as your experienced “wingman.”

4. Anything Goes

There really are no boundaries when it comes to interacting with your big sister. You can walk around in your underwear all day long and not try to act and look at your best. You can invade her privacy in the most blatant ways and not feel bad about it. And how about those talks about life and the mysteries of love while she is sitting on the toilet? Priceless.

5. She Is The Go-To Person for Cool Movies, Music, and Fashion Trends

Personally, I have my big sister to thank for steering me away from the fake hair bands of the 80s and the insufferable boy bands of the 90s.  I’ve had my share of questionable haircuts, to be honest, and fashion statements, but she has always been there to burst that bubble and point out the atrocities.

6. She Will Not Sugarcoat The Truth  

Friends tend to withhold their real opinion about you or something about you simply to avoid confrontation. Big sisters? – not so much! They will slap the truth right in your face. We all need a reality check every once in a while, and she will do just that.

7. You Are Always Welcome

Your big sister will always find time for you when you feel like getting away from everything and need a shoulder to cry on. It’s a door that will always be open for you, no matter what.   

8. She Knows What You Are Made Of

Whenever you have self-doubts about your abilities to do something, your older sister is there to reassure you and give you the strength to follow things through. You two are cut from the same cloth, and she knows best what your strengths are and what you are capable of achieving. She will always be your biggest fan!

9. Affordable Therapy

Big sisters always seem to find the right words to say. It’s almost as though they have this magic power to make you feel that everything will work out just fine in the end. Before you try the shrink, try your sister.

10. She Is always There For You

Try as you might, you will never make your sister walk out on you. Regardless of your ‘crime’, she will always have your back, even if you’ve failed to be there during her dark hours. That’s what big sisters are for! Big sisters are really the best, and having a sister sure is a gift. So, if you have an older sister, make sure you let her know how much you appreciate her.

What Does It Mean To Be A Big Sister?

Since I’m the oldest of four girls, here’s what I think a big sister is. A big sister is someone who is a role model to her younger sisters. She is someone her little sisters learn from and look up to.

I serve as a companion and help my little sisters when our parents are angry with them. I’m by their side when they struggle with a problem or feel sad. I’m there to lift them up when they’re feeling down or lack confidence. I’m by their side when they need to vent their frustration or need someone to ask for boy advice.

Being a big sister means hoping my sisters don’t ever allow a boy to hurt them the way I’ve allowed guys to hurt me and praying that they don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made.

Being a big sister means prioritizing their needs and desires over my own.

Being a big sister means being a mother figure, a teacher, a best friend, and a cheerleader.

Being a big sister means doing my best to be perfect since I’m their role model.

Being a big sister means pretending I’m okay when I’m not because I don’t want them to think I am not as tough as I pretend to be.

Being a big sister means being someone who loves and cares about them more than myself. It means being always willing to go out of my way to make them happy, keep them healthy, and make them feel protected. It means being willing to give my life for theirs.