18 Things I Learned From My Sister

Family is great, but there's something especially special about having a sister. Whether it's learning about love, sharing, giving, or even just how to crack a joke—there's no better way to learn life's most important lessons than with a sister by your side, so we rounded up some of the most inspiring sisterly lessons.

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Years of sisterly tormenting aside, they're always there to save you


"We always tormented my youngest sister by telling her she was adopted. I am the oldest of five girls. Thankfully she wasn't really adopted because she turned out to be a complete match when I needed a bone marrow transplant nine years ago. Really, a 100 percent match." —Becky Winchip Sternglass

Privacy is a fantasy, so let go of that idea


"Nothing is private! I have four sisters we are all up in each other's business." —Stephanie Sigalit Simckes (Here are the best movies about sisters to watch this weekend.)

Protective instincts are priceless


"I learned how to be protective from having a little sister. As a mom of five, I'm a total mama bear over my kids. I started to learn this mama bear lesson early on in life with a little sister. I loved looking out for her and I always wanted her to know that I'd be there for her in a second if she needed me." —Audrey McClellan, co-founder, momgenerations.com

Life basics, party basics, and self-esteem basics are often all the same


"My sister found out that I couldn't dance when we were teenagers and instead of making fun of me she showed me some moves that inspired me to teach myself belly dancing. It really helped bump up my self esteem!" —Chava Barr Mischel

Sometimes you don't need seconds


"My sister taught me when it comes to ex-boyfriends, don't go back for seconds. Once is enough." —Neshama Kane (Related: Here's how to get over a breakup, stat!)

Faster, smarter, stronger (when it comes to the TV remote)


"I learned that there are two ways to gain control of the remote: by being faster and by being smarter." —Michelle Fireworker

Perserverance is priceless


"I learned perseverance. She may be my younger sister, but she let nothing stand in her way of becoming a doctor and achieving her dream. I'm so proud of how she fought so many obstacles to be where she is today, to work at one of the top ERs in the country. She's a fabulous example to my children, especially my daughter." —Felissa Benjamin Allard

Slow down and smell the yogurt?


"My youngest sister, who is ten years younger than me, taught me to slow down and live in the moment. I was always the go, go, go type of person, never savoring the moment until one day when we out to pick up one of her favorite drinks, a Persian yogurt drink called "dough." When we stepped out of the market, instead of rushing to the car and rushing home, she told me to stop. She stood there, in the parking lot, hugging this one gallon container, smiling ear to ear, and spinning around with it, with no care in the world about anything or anyone. She was just taking delight in the simple fact that it was a beautiful day and she was holding her favorite drink. On the car ride home, she told me that I need to do the same, that she never sees me smile and stop to just fully take in the things I love. From that day on, I have done exactly as she did in the parking lot that day, and I love my life infinitely more because of it." —Elly Shariat

Use your advantages and energy to spread goodness


"My sister fiercely fights for those without a voice and has motivated me to be more active in my community and for others. She reminds us all to use our privilege for the good of those who do not have the same. In this moment in history, we can all use this nudge!" —Jennie O'Hagan Korneychuk

Blood is thicker than just about everything


"My sisters taught me early in life the importance of our family bond. Through countless laughs, tears, and life's sometime's heartbreaking ups and downs, I've always knows that my sisters were there for me. They've been my biggest fans, a source of inspiration and support since the beginning, and they never shy away from the opportunity to keep me grounded. With the unconditional love they've shown me my entire life, I've learned the true value and blessing of family." —Erin Romine

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