I Met Her When I Was 10

I met her when I was 10 years old. She was this tiny being that came into my life without much warning. I don’t even remember my parents telling me that they were pregnant. Absolutely no memory. I remember being annoyed. “Another girl? I like being the only girl in our family.” It’s easy to be annoyed with someone you don’t even know and I was a selfish 10 year old. All feelings of irritation vanished once I held her. Being so much older than my sister has really been a blessing. I don’t have many memories of my own childhood but I remember everything from hers. From her first steps, to her first day of kindergarten, and recently seeing her finish up her first year of high school.

In 2009 she was diagnosed with celiac disease and thyroiditis and it was then that I saw her transform into someone that I truly admire. At 12 years old, she was forced to think about how she wanted to address these issues and instead of the easy way out (pills, pills, pills) she radically changed her diet. She doesn’t cheat. She doesn’t complain. And now that she got her braces off…she actually flashes that awesome smile all the time.

I feel lucky to admire someone that is 10 years younger than me. I know that I’ll be inspired as I grow older and can continue to invest in her without hesitation.

The reason I’m sharing all of this is because The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio asked me to write up a little blog post about a woman or girl that has made the greatest impact on my life. I chose my (almost) 15 year old sister. She isn’t awesome by accident. She stands firm in what she believes in and prioritizes things that are important to her. My sister teaches me that no matter how old I am, I can impact the world around me. What can you do to impact the community and relationships around you?

The Women’s Fund of Central Ohio is excited to welcome special guest Whoopi Goldberg to Nationwide Arena (in Columbus, Ohio) on Friday, June 29th for Keyholder 2012. The Women’s Fund’s annual Keyholder event is a preeminent gathering in the central Ohio area, attracting thousands of people to honor the women and girls who have made a significant impact in their lives. Tickets are on sale now for $50 each and all proceeds are used to provide grants that promise social change for women and girls. Call 614-225-9926 to purchase tickets or stop by their site for more information. Connect with The Women’s Fund on Facebook and Twitter.

BUT before you buy your tickets, perhaps you can try to win a pair here on my blog! You can enter to win 2 tickets ($100 in value) to The Women’s Fund’s annual Keyholder event and can enter up to six different ways. The giveaway will end at midnight on Thursday, June 21st. Good luck!

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June 19, 2012