Sisters: Our Forever Best Friends

Sisters: Our Forever Best Friends

Finding My Lifelong Support System

I’m not an emotional person. At all. I’m the type to bottle up everything, pushing any less-than-happy feeling below the surface. So, you could imagine my surprise when I randomly burst out in tears while giving a speech to a room full of people, all gathered to celebrate my older sister’s wedding.

I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy as I was the day my sister asked me to be her maid of honor. Only a freshman in college at the time, I was honored to even be considered for the title. And after moving from Illinois to Alabama, I was even more excited to see my sisters for the first time in months.

I wasn’t nervous to give my maid of honor speech at all; if anything, I was excited. However, the second I started talking, I felt a lump begin to grow in my throat, tears springing into my eyes. At that moment, I realized the immense love I have for my sister, and how truly happy I was for her happiness. Everyone else in the room experienced it, too.

That’s what I love about my sisters: even though they’re able to bring out the worst parts of me, they can also expose the best– even the sides of yourself that usually remain unseen.

Although I only see my sisters once every few months, I know that if I ever need anything, they’re simply a phone call away; even if the only communication we have is a daily Snapchat, my sisters are my forever-best-friends. And whenever we finally do see each other, the laughing and teasing never stop.

As we get older, we make new friends and lose old ones all the time. It’s the circle of friendship, and it’s an everlasting cycle. In the middle of the chaos, in the eye of the storm, we’ll always have our sisters.

Crying in front of a crowd at my sister’s wedding might be one of my top five most embarrassing moments, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Being someone who hides their feelings most of the time, it’s unfamiliar, but an eye-opening experience to have every emotion bubble up at once. But that’s what sisters are for– making you uncomfortable, yet overwhelmingly happy, every chance they can get.


Shannon Angel is studying at the University of Alabama and is doing an internship this semester at GirlSpring.

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