How Having a Sibling Shaped My Life

The unforgettable bond

Shashank Thakur
Practice in Public
3 min readMay 19, 2024


How Having a Sibling Shaped My Life
Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Siblings. They’re not just family, but built-in companions who witness your entire journey. This relationship holds a special kind of magic, shaping you in ways you never could have anticipated. This is my story of how having a sibling has profoundly impacted my life.

Here’s why having a sibling is the absolute best:

1. Partners in Crime: The Joys (and Squabbles) of Childhood

Childhood memories are often painted with the vibrant hues of siblinghood. We were partners in crime, constructing elaborate forts and crafting fantastical stories. Inevitably, there were squabbles, teaching us valuable lessons about sharing, negotiation, and the occasional well-placed pillow fight.

2. From Playmates to Confidants: The Evolving Sibling Dynamic

As we grew older, the dynamic shifted. My sibling became my confidant, the one person who understood the unspoken anxieties and teenage woes. We were each other’s therapists, dissecting crushes, celebrating victories, and offering a shoulder to cry on. They witnessed my first attempts at independence, silently cheering me on as I navigated life’s early stages.

3. First Teachers and Lifelong Lessons: Learning from Each Other

Siblings, in a way, are our first teachers. They push us to be better versions of ourselves. My older brother, with his endless patience, taught me how to ride a bike, the wobbly triumphs and inevitable scraped knees forever etched in my memory. My younger sister, with her infectious enthusiasm, showed me the joy of spontaneous dance parties and the power of unbridled imagination. We learned from each other’s triumphs and failures, building a foundation of resilience and empathy that would carry us through life.

4. Beyond Squabbles: The Unwavering Bond of Loyalty

Sure, there were fights. Loud disagreements and accusations. But even in the midst of the storm, there was an underlying sense of loyalty and love. Siblings know you better than anyone, your quirks, your insecurities, and your deepest desires. They may tease you mercilessly, but they’ll also be the first ones to defend you against anyone else.

5. Shared History: A Tapestry Woven with Memories

Our shared history is a tapestry woven with laughter and tears, inside jokes, and family traditions. We hold a unique archive of childhood memories — the annual camping trip where we got caught in a downpour, the Christmas morning chaos. These experiences, both mundane and extraordinary, become the building blocks of our identity, a secret language only siblings can truly understand.

6. Teammates for Life: Celebrating Victories and Offering Support

Most importantly, siblings are your teammates for life. There may be moments of competition, but ultimately, you know they have your back. They’ll celebrate your victories with genuine pride and be the first ones to offer a helping hand when life throws you a curveball.


Having a sibling isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. But through it all, there’s an undeniable bond, a connection forged in shared experiences and unconditional love. My sibling is more than just family; they’re a confidant, a cheerleader, and a constant source of both laughter and support. Their presence in my life has made me a more well-rounded, compassionate, and resilient person.

So, to my sibling, and to all siblings out there, thank you for your unwavering loyalty, your hilarious anecdotes, and for reminding me that no matter where life takes me, I’ll always have a teammate by my side.