When you hear the word job, you probably think of a profession or career. You relate the word to what you studied in college and how you earn money. But there’s a lot of other really important jobs in my life that have nothing to do with money.
I have a job as a daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend. Those roles are much more important to me than my career. Don’t get me wrong, having a successful career is important but being a big sister is my favorite and most important job. Lucky for me, this position didn’t require an intense job search.
I have three younger siblings: DJ who is 19, Samantha who is 9 and Antonio who is 8. I love my brother DJ but this post is more about Samantha and Antonio. When both of these rugrats were born, I was beyond ecstatic and thought I’d teach them everything. While I’d like to think I’ve taught them a few things, in the short time they’ve been around, I have learned so much from both of them.
Samantha has a big personality: she will give you her opinion and ask all sorts of questions. You can tell from one conversation with her that she’s wise beyond her years. At almost ten, Sam walks to the beat of her own drum and usually doesn’t care what anyone says. It’s something I admire in my baby sister and know she’s going to run the world one day. Antonio is the most lovable little boy, always there with an encouraging hug or smile. He tells me he’ll give me hugs and kisses even when he’s a grown-up; I can only hope that’s true. With Samantha and Antonio, I don’t have to be a Rockstar, I’m just their big sister Alex. I don’t have to make Dean’s List or have an amazing job; I can just be. In their eyes, I’m a Rockstar just because I spend time with them and that to me is the greatest gift they’ve given me.
One day while scrolling through Pinterest, I found a tattoo of fingerprints in the shape of a heart. I instantly fell in love and knew it would be the perfect tattoo for Samantha and Antonio. People wondered why I’d get my little siblings’ fingerprints as a tattoo. Wouldn’t I do that with my children? It’s true, they aren’t my kids, but they feel like it, probably because of the age gap. There’s not a thing in the world I wouldn’t do for either of them. They both have changed my life in so many positive ways and are my main motivation for achieving success. I got the tattoo this past Tuesday and have fallen more in love with it each day.
My new tattoo serves as a reminder of the importance of my job as big sister. I have four eyes and ears on me at all times, watching my actions and listening to my words. I also have two people who don’t judge me and love me unconditionally. Sure, we fight like all siblings do but there’s nothing that can come between us. I hope in the years to come my relationship will only get stronger with Samantha and Antonio. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for these guys and am so lucky to be a part of it.