While browsing through Yahoo questions I came across a person who was troubled by his inferiority to his sister and brother because he felt he lacked any good looks in comparison to them. I wanted to find this boy and hug him. No, not because I’m creepy, but because I know all too well how he’s feeling.
Growing up I definitely felt my brother and sister hogged the gene pool and took all the good looks. It was only confirmed to me (in my head) that this was true when both went into modeling and were successful in it (my brother even does the occasional TV show). Everywhere I went with my sister, people would stop in their tracks and stare and I had only obtained friends in middle school because the entire cheerleading team practically had my brother’s name scribbled in their notebooks. I look so different from my siblings that people usually think I’m dating my brother when we’re out together and that I’m my sister’s “other friend”; the one she goes out with to make herself look better (as if she needs it).
My brother and sister are very modest so they never rubbed it in my face and actually complimented me; my sister tells me in e-mails how she brags about me right after I tell her how every girl at my fashion school would probably cut a limb off to look like her. But even so, it took many years for me to realize I had great qualities as well. Sure I couldn’t put modeling and acting on my resume, but there were a slew of other things I was good at and that made me a good person. I finally realized the good points I had instead of comparing myself to my brother and sister, and it made us all get along much better.
Have you ever felt inferior to your siblings? How did you deal with it?