Sisters can be the best friends or the best foes. She is your soulmate and your partner in crime. You may love her to bits, but there have been times you wanted to kill her (especially when you were growing up…). Anyone who has a sister knows that whatever you do, having a sister to do it with makes it much more fun.

My mum lost her parents in her early 20’s. She was the youngest out of their 3 children. Both – my auntie and uncle had 1 child each, so as I was the only child to my mum when that happened. From early childhood, I remember my mum saying that when she lost her parents, she’s decided to have a second baby. She wanted me to have a sister or a brother by my side and never experience the loss of the parents on my own. It was a long time ago when I heard it for the very first time but that really stuck in my head ever since.

So therefore, when I was 6 years old, my little sister was born. Her name is Gosia. I’m forever grateful to my parents for bringing her into this world; I can’t imagine growing up on my own and not having her in my life.

Today Gosia is celebrating her 30th birthday, and this post is written especially for her.

And at the same time, I want to share with you why I feel that having a sister is such a precious gift:

1. She knows me like no one else

True. She knows everything I’ve ever been through — the good, the bad and the ugly. She’s seen me at my weirdest. We spent the whole childhood and teenage years together, sharing the same room, going to family parties and vacations together. She was that naughty little sneak I wanted to kill sometimes but also my partner in crime. Over the years, we got to know each other quite well, sharing our little secrets, biggest joys, and disappointments, wildest dreams and aspirations, fears and insecurities. She is the only one to know all my friends, teachers, bosses, first boyfriends and details about first dates with my husband.

2. She knows what I mean with a blink of an eye

No words necessary, we have the same thought process and understand each other immediately. WE SHARE BEST INSIDE JOKES EVER. She is the only person I don’t need to explain our crazy family to; she’s lived it.

3. She is my best girlfriend

Our parents consider family as one of the top values in life, and we were brought up with respect and love towards each other. They’ve done a great job as we are close, indeed. We trust each other, we help and support each other. She’s witnessed my biggest successes, and she’s been there for me when I needed her the most. She’s the only person I can have a fight with and never even doubt for a second whether she’ll still be there for me at the end of the day.

4. She says it as it is

No messing about, no bullshiting, no trying to find out how to start a conversation… She is honest with me, if I mess up, she will tell me, if I need to get a kick in my butt, she will do it.  She will always tell me when I look like sh*t and of course when I look beautiful as well.

5. She shares her wardrobe with me 🙂

I really think that she has a better taste in choosing and combining clothes. She is also better in doing hair and makeup. That’s just the way it is. So, I really enjoy borrowing her clothes and going for a shopping with her – each time I get back with the clothes that turn out to be my favourites. When I do the shopping on my own, I kind of worry what her reaction would be 😉 recently she didn’t like few of my choices and was concerned whether I’m getting older or what…;)

6. She shares my passion for fitness, sport and active lifestyle

It’s wonderful; we can train together, take part in races together, learn from each other, inspire and motivate one another. We’ve done so many amazing thigs together that we probably wouldn’t do on our own – she ran her first half marathon with me, even though she said she would never run more than 10k. I’ve done a tough mudder with her even though being covered in a mud or jumping into icy water is not really my thing. So, we challenge each other to go outside our comfort zones all the time as that’s where the magic happens, right?

7. She is generous; she is loving and caring

She has a huuuuuuge heart. She is always there for me; she is always there for her family, she is always there for her friends. Even if it’s in the middle of the night, she would come running. She always finds a way how to cheer someone up, to show them the light at the end of the tunnel and to help them look at things from a different perspective.

She is also there for strangers, for the last few years we’ve been organizing special charity event for families in need during Christmas time called Basket Brigade Polska. Last year alone we fed over 300 families in our city. She puts her heart and soul into this project, and with her help, we could take this event to the next level and growing year after year.

8. She was my Maid of Honor, and she is a Godmother to my son

It was clear from the very beginning that she will be the one. I have many girlfriends, but my sister is my top one. She’s organised me the best hen party ever and helped me immensely before and during the wedding. When I was pregnant, she planned a wonderful baby shower for me, and once my baby was born, she was the only one to be asked for a being his godmother. Kuba loves his auntie dearly and vice versa.

9. She is my Hero

Although she is my younger sister, I do admire her for what she’s achieved in her life so far. I’m very proud of her successes both in her professional and personal life. She is an amazing manager, fitness instructor, colleague, friend, daughter, auntie.

10. She is Simply The Best

To me, she is just the best sister ever. People say that you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family. Well, if I could I would still choose her for my sister. I love her deeply, and I feel so blessed of having her in my life.

Gosia, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU for all the years together, for good times, for bad times, for ups and downs. I want to wish you all the best on your birthday, have an amazing day and best party ever. Dream BIG and Go For Your Dreams.

I love you xxx

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