Siblings are unique in our family life because, for the most part, they are more than just family - they are peers.
In our siblings, we see our future or our past reflected in the familiar face of someone who shares our genes, cultural beliefs and, most importantly, family context.
That idea of context is an important one. We often attribute the success or failings of friends, cousins or strangers to their particular set of conditions. Luck of circumstance or, in some cases, a lack thereof, is how we justify our differing fortunes from those of our other peers.
Siblings, however, don’t afford us that opportunity.
It is for this reason we learn so much from our brothers and sisters - how to succeed, how to overcome adversity, how not to waste our talents – these are examples of the learnings and teachings that are shared daily among siblings all over the world.
Sometimes we learn the most important life lessons from our brothers or sisters. Sometimes it’s as simple as how to skim a rock on a lake or how to draw a tree. It doesn’t matter. The point is that shared experience makes those lessons some of the most valuable and longest held lessons in our lives.
We recently asked followers of MyHeritage on Twitter a simple question: “What’s the most important thing your brother or sister taught you?”
I’ve included some of the responses we received, below:
As you can see, the responses were as varied as the relationships that created them, but all show the importance of the lessons our siblings teach us. For this reason, among many others, we love them.
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