December 11, 2011
What Would My Sister Do?
Confession: I was a wimp. Yes, I know it's hard to believe (lol!). Exhibit A - I didn't go to preschool because when the school bus pulled up, I bursted into tears and didn't want to leave my mommy. (Definitely not the same girl now!).
We all know those cartoon images of a devil and angel on your shoulder telling you what to do. When I feel myself wimping out, the voice in my head is my sister. I have very vivid memories where she wouldn't let me wimp out and I play them over whenever I feel myself psyching myself out.
I'm the type of person that if my order comes out wrong, I don't speak up and eat around it. I'd hardly return food that wasn't cooked how I requested. Not my sister. One moment that sticks out in my mind was when I was at the mall cafeteria and they forgot a part of my order. I was just about to walk back to the table when my sister told me to go back and get it. I was like "no it's fine" but she wasn't having it. Shaking like a leaf, I went back and asked. They apologized and gave me what I paid for. I was amazed how painless it was! I was like, she's onto something here...
Another moment I remember like it happened yesterday was learning how to swallow pills. I didn't learn until high school (yes!) and it probably would have been longer if it wasn't for my sister. I was sick and needed to take some Sudafed (yes, those tiny red pills). After choking on like 8 pills she was like "KIM, just do it!" and then I was suddenly able to. She made it sound like the easiest thing in the world (and it really is) but I was too stuck in my head.
Those are just a few examples of the little obstacles she helped me overcome. She taught me to stand up for myself and I can do anything I put my mind to. Now we live 3,000 miles apart so she's not physically there to encourage me. But, when I feel like I'm psyching myself out I stop and think "what would my sister say?" She's still there in my head, pushing me to be the independent woman I am today. Thanks sis!
Had to throw in this adorable pic of her with my youngest nephew, Zach. Such a cutie!