This summer, my sister came to visit me in SD while I was taking classes at school. I spent most of that time miserable because I was jealous that all my friends seemed to love her more than me.
This Thanksgiving break, I came to visit my older sister in LA at her school. After a night out with her friends, she verbalized her thoughts with no filters. She told me she hated me because she thought all her friends loved me more than her.
I was shocked to hear that my older sister was jealous of me. I always felt like I lived in her shadow. But hearing her tell me that she envied my bubbly and energetic personality and ability to socialize with strangers made me realize something about myself.
I don’t have to be a chameleon. I don’t want to mimic someone else. I’ve neglected my real self for far too long. People will always compare each other to what they don’t have. But they should remember what qualities they do have and shine through their own light. For a while I was lost, but now I’m again found.