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Today I was thinking about how different siblings can be when you’re not biologically related. For instance, our genetic make-up is completely different from one person to the next. I’m the kind of person who needs to watch what she eats because I can gain weight pretty easily. I’m not ashamed to discuss it, because there are a lot of girls and boys who struggle with weight problems. I’m lucky that I have never let my weight get the best of me, and while I definitely gained a lot of weight once I went to college, I have always been able to manage myself well enough to be somewhat healthy.
My siblings and I don’t really have a lot in common with our weights. My brothers were always underweight growing up, and I was always super jealous of that. My mom would try to get them to eat an extra scoop of ice cream, or have another piece of bread with their pasta at dinner, but I had to cut myself off. My little sisters are so tiny that they’re four years old and can still fit into some of their clothes from when they were two. I’m sure that they’re always going to be small as they get older.
I definitely get jealous from time to time, when I just want to sit down and have a bowlful of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream covered in M&Ms (my weakness, can you tell?), but overall, I’m pretty happy with who I am. I think that in families like mine, where you don’t share the same genetic make-up with your siblings, there is bound to be some jealousy once in a while, but I think that can happen with biological siblings as well. From wanting your sister’s hair, to wishing you had gotten your brother’s height, there’s always going to be something that you would love to have of your siblings’. But it’s really important to remember how amazing you are as your own person, and to never change yourself because you think you’re not good enough.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.