I took a recent vacation Arizona to see my one and only sibling, my baby sister AW. (She needs a name here... Sissy works!) We hadn't seen each other since Christmas, and I hadn't been out to Arizona since last year, so it was a long overdue trip. But I'll talk more about our adventures later.
Sissy had to work the first day I was in town, so I spent some time setting up her new iPad and computer, specifically her iTunes account. As I painstakingly saved her individual playlists (they don't transfer with the library automatically, at least, the method I had to use), I noticed just how different we really were.
It wasn't the genres of music; we both have eclectic tastes, though I think she is far more hipster than I will ever be. It was the chaotic mess of playlists, titles, spellings, duplicates... the utter disorganization. It made me frown, then made me smile. I thought of my orderly, sorted, spell-checked tracks of my own iTunes at home. I thought of the conglomerate of randomly placed foods in her fridge and kitchen, compared to my neat stacks and systematic sorting. I thought of her beautifully decorated home and my pale attempts to spruce up my place. I thought of her effortless style, and my search for my own look.
I've always been the academic one, the tech-savvy one, the practical one, the safe one.
She's always been the free spirit, the impulsive one, the sensitive one, the brave one.
We don't always like each other; I've always said that by our third day together, we've had at least one explosive fight. But we love each other unconditionally, and I know she'll always be in my life, whether she agrees with what I'm doing or not. When we're together, I can't help but think about how different we are... and how, sometimes, I think we wish we were a little more like the other.
But regardless, I'm happy inside when we're together. Even when we're screaming and crying and feel like the other is wrong/selfish/stubborn/such-a-meanie.
I love my sister, and her infinite playlists of randomness. Because in my ordered, organized existence, I love the excitement she brings to my life.