The great thing about sisters is that they will tell you what you want to hear when you most need to hear it. Like when your estrogen cauldron boileth over and you feel like a train wreck and needily and unattractively inquire, "I'm still cool, right?" Your sister (from your own mother or some other) will dutifully and convincingly reply, "Girl, you are totally cool! Anyone who doesn't think so is a backwoods jack wagon."
The bad part about sisters is that they will also tell you what you don't want to hear. Oftentimes the latter can really anger a sister, and then at some point -- like in a few hours, or the next day, or 10 years later, I realize that sister-friend was probably right. Sometimes I admit this, and sometimes it's just a private realization.
The stuff my sisters say has long sustained me, at times illuminated a sparkling escape out of the darkness and routinely sent me into a maniacal laughter, the kind that can only truly be shared among esteemed Sister Friends.
Heretoforth is some of the best advice I have ever received from my girl sibs. They may or may not apply to you, or maybe they will in a few years (conspiratorial wink) or perhaps you will declare them to be so much opinionated drivel. Long live you and your own opinion.
Stuff My Sisters Say, Volume 1
You won't get along with your partner when you are hungry, tired or lonely. But that's why.
These sacred words were passed down to me on my wedding day when my oldest sister stared into the video camera knowingly and let it fly. Many is a time I've taken a state-of-being inventory since that day and benefitted from that helpful reminder.
Stop bleaching your hair after 40.
Two words. Cyndi Lauper. That lady may have just wanted to have fun and show us her true colors but those colors are fading fast and we need more, not less, as we get on in years. Yes, this means you, and Gwen Stefani doesn't count because you're not her. You're welcome.
You are capable of so much more.
True, and you know it. Nothing raises the bar like someone else's sky-high expectations of you, which is exactly where they should be. And between us girls, you're not living up to them, so how about you just go and do something about it.
Spatchcock like you're about to be executed.
Want the ultimate winner chicken dinner? Cut the spine out of your bird and roast it in a 425-degree oven. You'll be up to your crispy breasts in one hour. Google it. Full disclosure, this advice is a combination of a cooking tip from my baby sister and Jane Lynch's monologue from the Roseanne Barr Comedy Central Roast. I think it works though, don't you?
Go get 'em.
These words from one of my all-time favorite writing teachers, Marion Roach Smith (marionroach.com), who answers all self-doubting questions that begin "should I?," or "is it too much?," or "do you think I should?" with an unequivocal "Go get 'em." So whether you are off to the PTA, an interview, euchre game, crochet class or the supermarket, show them how it's done.
And there you have it. I'm sure you have a few choice words of your own that we can all live by, so why not share with the rest of the class? Post them on our Facebook page, facebook.com/HealthyLifeCTmagazine.