Unexpected Teachers, Part 1

by Brandon

This is the first blog in a series of blogs about people in my life that have taught me things. First up is my sister. Since I don’t want to embarrass her by giving her real name, I’ll just call her Snancy.

Snancy can be a little goofy sometimes (as a kid, we called her “Dingy”), but don’t let that fool you. She’s a very intelligent woman and she most definitely has wisdom to teach.

And she teaches that wisdom through example.

Snancy is who she is. Whether she’s at a fancy dinner party or chillin’ at the house, she’s always the same person. She embraces life more than any person I know. She’s not afraid to ride life’s roller coaster. She doesn’t play it safe and stick to the kiddie rides.

If life gives her a reason to cry, she cries. If life gives her a reason to laugh, she laughs. If life gives her an opportunity to dance, she dances.

I’m not going to embarrass her by telling you how old she is, but let me just say she’s a grown-up.

And yet she still sees the world with the awe and excitement of a teenager. Like most adults, she’s had her share of heartbreak… but that has never stopped her from caring about people. She’s had set-backs, but they’ve never stopped her from standing up and saying, “Is that all you got!?”

She is who she is. If you’ve known her for 20 minutes, you know her. I’ve never seen her pretend to be someone she’s not, and I’ve never known her to say, “Life sucks.”

Yes, life is sometimes hard, and Snancy knows that. But in all my life, I’ve never seen her lose the attitude that life is – overall – a great adventure.

I guess the greatest lesson I’ve learned from my sister is this:

Any time life gives you a reason to dance… you get your ass up and you dance.

And for teaching me that, Snancy, I want to officially say, “Thank you.”


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