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An Open Letter to my Twin Brother on our 30th Birthday

I have been staring at my screen for days, wondering where to start. There is so much I want to tell you. But before I get all sappy and corny or get carried away telling you how much you mean to me and how grateful I am to have you in my corner in this life's journey, let me just scream HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY YOUNGER BROTHER BY 3 MINUTES! We have lived 3 decades! Can you believe it? Remember how we thought 30-somethings were old people when we were younger? Well well well...😂😂

Every time I think of how far we've come, my heart is just so full of joy and gratitude. We are blessed with a bond that not many people share. I have been asked countless times I will manage without you or deal with both of us having seperates families of our own or many people just simply wonder why I love you so much. I smile everytime because I know that they don't get it. To be honest, I wouldn't have if I didn't have a twin. I would not have understood what it meant to have someone to lean on even before you were born, or have a friend you could play and talk with even before you understood what the words meant. It's hard to get it if you haven't lived it. I feel so grateful to have someone to share my birthday, parents, toys, friends and life's entire journey with. We have had our share of grief and loss, of ups and downs but our unflinching love and support for each other makes our comebacks stronger. We accept each other's differences and support the individual paths we have both chosen. I would not have done or survived half the things I have if I did not have you to lean on. God knew I would need a helping hand and so he blessed me with you. Thank you for being my everything and so much more.

Thank you for taking care of me all those times I fell (and still fall ill). You did not have to carry the burden of caring for a sickly sister but you did it so selflessly. Even though we were so young, you looked after me the best way you knew how. And you still do when I have my horrible migraines. Thank you for always looking out for me- for being my shield through every storm that has come my way. Our friends from our younger years still tell the story of how you screamed and cried when I was being whipped by my teacher in the room next door because you knew I was recovering from an illness. That kind of care and love- it does not have a price tag. I know that no matter where life takes us, I'll always have someone in my corner.

Thank you for thirty years of friendship and siblinghood. I cannot imagine a world where you are not in it. Before we went to different secondary schools, I never had to start a new school without a friend. We have been partners in crime for as long as I could remember- whether it's ganging up against our parents or completely roasting our friends, we have always been a team-an army of two. Thank you for all the beautiful life memories wrapped up with a bow of nostalgia. We have created so many that we laugh our hearts out looking back on all those times. We could literally finish each other's sentences- that is how many years of laughter, memories and inside jokes we've shared.

Thank you for listening to my endless rants about every aspect of my life without complaining. Honestly, this is one of the real perks of being a twin- you get a therapist free of charge😄😄. You have been a terrific shrink, my number one fan and biggest cheerleader. You never stop believing in me even when I doubt myself. You support me in everything, regardless. Sometimes I think you know me better than I know myself. You know my strengths and never judge my flaws but constantly remind me that I can do and be better.

You have been my star in every scene. You remain my biggest blessing and I am eternally grateful to God for giving me someone who could go above and beyond for me in this cruel world. Just know that I pray for you more than I pray for myself. I wish you a lifetime of happiness and everything your heart desires my Cellostica. I am honored to have been born your twin sister. I am so proud of the man you've become and I cannot wait to see all the amazing things you'll do in the future.

I love you.



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