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Big Sister Always Knows Best

If’ you’ve been following along for the last year, you’ll recall I’ve written before about my older sister, and the role she plays in my life, so hopefully I’m not repeating myself too much in today’s entry, but some life lessons she’s taught me seem worth repeating.

My older sister has never steered me wrong with the advice she’s given over the years, but for some odd reason I find that I still sometimes resist taking her advice only to have regretted that decision later.

tea timeOver the last few years, our relationship has changed from being just family to actually being friends, which means at times I’ve probably shared more personal things with her than I would have ever felt comfortable sharing with anyone else in the world. I know my secrets are always safe with her, and that she’s always on my side– if she’s laughing at a situation I know she isn’t laughing at me, but with me (even if I haven’t found the humor in the situation yet).

Since we don’t live near each other, the appearance of emails titled “Big Sister Pep Talk,” or something along those lines, in my inbox is always a welcome surprise, and every single time she’s known the right things to say to make me feel better. Sometimes the advice is clearly in jest, but most of the time whatever she has to say is worth listening to and acting on.

Despite the fact that I know she is giving worthwhile advice, I still drag my feet on actually acting on her advice, waiting for the perfect moment or right time.

I’ve come to realize that the idea of “perfect timing” isn’t always the reality, and that instead of waiting on the sidelines for whatever it is to happen on its own, taking initiative and making a plan or speaking up is the only way to make things happen.

Over the weekend, I finally acted on one suggestion she’d given me a while back, and I have to say I might be in love now.

Not an actual relationship type of love, but the love of a new favorite television show.

About a year ago, she urged me to try watching a few episodes of one of the best shows on television, but like always I drug my feet on this suggestion. In my mind, I already had more shows I wanted to watch than I could ever watch, so adding another to the list just sounded silly.

Curiosity finally got the better of me, and somehow I’ve managed to catch up to the current season in one weekend (luckily the cats and dog don’t mind that I’ve been staying up a lot later than normal and functioning on only a few hours of sleep).

The sleep deprivation was totally worth it, and I now know just what I’ve been missing out on by not watching Downton Abbey. From the first episode I was sucked in and this show might have bumped my beloved Doctor Who from the top spot in my “must watch tv” list.

From the plot lines, to the costuming, to the superb acting, I have not been able to find a fault with this show yet.

Of course, my love of this time period, and anything related to historical British aristocracy (fictional or non-fiction) might have influenced my decision slightly, but I think almost anyone can find something to enjoy with this show. Without giving away any spoilers, I will mention that one of my favorite parts of the show is Maggie Smith’s character, and some of the lines she is given in her role of the staunch Dowager Duchess– her performance alone in some scenes added so much to the storyline and show itself.

If you haven’t given Downton a shot, I highly recommend watching a few episodes. And, if my advice doesn’t mean much to you, then take my sister’s advice on this one, because somehow she always seems to know best. 🙂

One Response

  1. Thanks for the shout out on the blog! And DOWNTON ABBY ROCKS! ;0

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