9 Sad Truths About Being A Younger Sister

9 Sad Truths About Being A Younger Sister

It is always great to be a younger sister as it comes with certain benefits.  However there are sad truths that can make us resent the concept at certain points in our lives. Sometimes it is better and more revealing to stare at these realities and understand how we can manage the situations that it presents. Here are 9 sad truths about being a younger sister.

1.Your older sister always termed you to “the adopted one”

In order to mess with you, this was a ploy to make you upset. Over and over your older siblings would try to make you feel that you do not belong there with them.


2.You have zero pictures of just you

It can’t be just you in a photo. There will be older ones to share the spotlight with you. At least an older sibling/cousin will always be in there.

3.You had intensive training at home

You might have been trained like a military officer because over time you have become a pro at obeying orders. Discipline was part of the rigors of being an older sister.


4.You are not sure of your real name

It would have been better to be recognized for being you but everyone calls you someone’s sister. No one wants to know your name, they prefer referring to you by your older siblings.

5.You started school with a ready-made profile

Before you ever met them, every teacher knew who you were. Although it might sound amusing, you seemed to be a legend even on your first day at school.


6.You never grow up

In the eyes of your aunts, uncles, parents, and or grandparents, you will always be seen as the little 4-year-old. Even when you are all grown up, you are referred to as the little one.

7.You found the accomplishments of your older ones difficult to surpass

Sometimes you find yourself not as good or as accomplished as your older relatives, enough to make you cry all night. The standards before you were challenging enough.


8.You usually had to get stuck with doing what your older siblings did

Your parents could not drive to two activities at once so you had to participate in the same activities that your older siblings partook in. Asking to be escorted to your favorite sporting event was always too much to ask.

9.Your boyfriends/girlfriends have to be interrogated by at least seven different people

To be sure you are making the right decision; you have older ones who will protect your interest in every way possible. Somehow your boyfriends/girlfriends will have to pass a stiff screening process before they are accommodated by the family.

Being the younger sister comes with various challenges but as you grow older you get used to the difficulties it presents! They are something that only younger siblings can understand.

Featured photo credit: older sisters tightly holding hands her younger beautiful sister with Down syndrome via

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Last Updated on August 16, 2018

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

10 Ways To Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone And Enjoy Taking Risks

The ability to take risks by stepping outside your comfort zone is the primary way by which we grow. But we are often afraid to take that first step.

In truth, comfort zones are not really about comfort, they are about fear. Break the chains of fear to get outside. Once you do, you will learn to enjoy the process of taking risks and growing in the process.

Here are 10 ways to help you step out of your comfort zone and get closer to success:

1. Become aware of what’s outside of your comfort zone

What are the things that you believe are worth doing but are afraid of doing yourself because of the potential for disappointment or failure?

Draw a circle and write those things down outside the circle. This process will not only allow you to clearly identify your discomforts, but your comforts. Write identified comforts inside the circle.

2. Become clear about what you are aiming to overcome

Take the list of discomforts and go deeper. Remember, the primary emotion you are trying to overcome is fear.


How does this fear apply uniquely to each situation? Be very specific.

Are you afraid of walking up to people and introducing yourself in social situations? Why? Is it because you are insecure about the sound of your voice? Are you insecure about your looks?

Or, are you afraid of being ignored?

3. Get comfortable with discomfort

One way to get outside of your comfort zone is to literally expand it. Make it a goal to avoid running away from discomfort.

Let’s stay with the theme of meeting people in social settings. If you start feeling a little panicked when talking to someone you’ve just met, try to stay with it a little longer than you normally would before retreating to comfort. If you stay long enough and practice often enough, it will start to become less uncomfortable.

4. See failure as a teacher

Many of us are so afraid of failure that we would rather do nothing than take a shot at our dreams.


Begin to treat failure as a teacher. What did you learn from the experience? How can you take that lesson to your next adventure to increase your chance of success?

Many highly successful people failed plenty of times before they succeeded. Here’re some examples:

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5. Take baby steps

Don’t try to jump outside your comfort zone, you will likely become overwhelmed and jump right back in.

Take small steps toward the fear you are trying to overcome. If you want to do public speaking, start by taking every opportunity to speak to small groups of people. You can even practice with family and friends.

Take a look at this article on how you can start taking baby steps:


The Number One Secret to Life Success: Baby Steps

6. Hang out with risk takers

There is no substitute for this step. If you want to become better at something, you must start hanging out with the people who are doing what you want to do and start emulating them. (Here’re 8 Reasons Why Risk Takers Are More Likely To Be Successful).

Almost inevitably, their influence will start have an effect on your behavior.

7. Be honest with yourself when you are trying to make excuses

Don’t say “Oh, I just don’t have the time for this right now.” Instead, be honest and say “I am afraid to do this.”

Don’t make excuses, just be honest. You will be in a better place to confront what is truly bothering you and increase your chance of moving forward.

8. Identify how stepping out will benefit you

What will the ability to engage in public speaking do for your personal and professional growth? Keep these potential benefits in mind as motivations to push through fear.


9. Don’t take yourself too seriously

Learn to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes. Risk taking will inevitably involve failure and setbacks that will sometimes make you look foolish to others. Be happy to roll with the punches when others poke fun.

If you aren’t convinced yet, check out these 6 Reasons Not to Take Life So Seriously.

10. Focus on the fun

Enjoy the process of stepping outside your safe boundaries. Enjoy the fun of discovering things about yourself that you may not have been aware of previously.

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