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So after having to get rid of my original idea, I’ve been stuck in sort of a “funk” where I had no idea what to write about. Well, I’m not totally out of this black hole of thoughts, but I did have a small idea which brought me to my story. In my family, I’m the oldest, the youngest, the middle child, and the favorite. How can just one person hold all of these titles? Well, when you’re an only child, it’s easy. So, I’m an only child, and because of that, the way I grew up and grew to look at the world has been vastly different from the majority of my peers. Basically, my idea that brought me to my story is to represent how my “background” of being an only child has led me to believe I have today and how it has shaped who I am today. The most common question I was asked as an only child growing up was, not surprisingly, “don’t you wish you had a brother or sister?” and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always answered “yes” without any hesitation. I come from a bloodline made up of big families, my dad has 6 siblings and my mom has 4 siblings, I’ve always been used to having lots of aunts, uncles, and cousins. While growing up my fondest childhood memories were with my family and I have always admired the relationships that my uncles, aunts, parents, and cousins had with their siblings, as well as my friends with their siblings. During my childhood, I was extremely close with two of my older cousins whom I’ve always looked up to as if they were my own sisters. In Elementary I even said that I had two sisters whenever we played icebreaker games. I was always fascinated by the fact that those with siblings had a unique bond with somebody else in their family other than a parent or relative, a blood relationship with a peer almost, something that I will never be able to experience myself. But as I grow up and still get continuously asked the question, “don’t you wish you had a brother or sister?” I began answering “no” with hesitation. I began answering “no” with only some hesitation because yes a part of me wishes I could be able to experience that connection siblings have and having that secure feeling that there’s at least one person out there who will always be there for you. But a bigger part of me says no because being an only child has shaped who I am and is the reason why I am who I am today.In my current high school years, it’s not unusual for people to be surprised at my siblingless life. I’m told that I don’t seem like a single child, which they define as spoiled, attention seeking, self centered, and dependent. I guess it’s better than getting the reaction, “Oh, that makes sense,” but the fact is, I believe that growing up as an only child proved the nonexistence of those traits.I had a lot of moments to myself growing up as an only child, and I didn’t mind the moments I was alone. I always had quite the imagination so it wasn’t hard to get creative and I think I’ve always been able to appreciate time to myself, even as a child. Yes, growing up, I had friends, but still, life as an only leads to more solo playtime than with siblings. Just simple things like making up entire conversations with Barbies or stuffed animals. I made up all sorts of games to play alone, but in my mind, I was never truly alone. Imagination guided me and kept me company. This ability of creativity is one of the many things that has influenced my life and shaped who I am today. Nonetheless, in place of a sibling bond, I have a super close relationship with my parents. It’s true that only children are the center of their parents’ worlds, at least in my experience. Even though my parents can’t give me the best advice since they never went to the same school or grew up in the same place as I did they still attempt to give me advice and show tremendous love and support. Growing up as an only, I had the special experience of getting to know my parents on a deep level. Lastly I bring up the subject of high school, high school has tested me a lot these past few years and not having an older sibling to help me every step of the way may in a sense may have been beneficial. Even though I never had someone to give me advice on what to expect I learned how to do and get through things by myself. All these positive or negative challenges I have faced so far in high school have allowed me to grow as an individual, becoming more independent and reliable for myself. I like that I was able to forge my own path and take the lead rather than living in the shadows of someone else. Going through this path with me, myself, and I has allowed me to learn things not only about others but myself as well.So, for me, being an only child is a life that I wouldn’t ever trade. And, for those who have siblings, be thankful for the life you have because, no matter how you flip the coin, we all have some type of perks. Whether you’re an only child or one of ten siblings, always be thankful for who you have in your life and what brought you to this moment right now because it’s all there for a reason.

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