By Rachel Tievy
Twins are unique—that’s really the only way to put it. At least, twins want to be unique. Ever since I was born, I have had somebody to share with, to play with, to fight with, and to learn from. However, being a twin isn’t always so fun. I know I have struggled to set myself apart from my twin brother even though we are so different already.
My brother and I were born three minutes apart on December 9, 2001. We learned to share from the start: time, attention, our birthday, our friends; everything was split in a way. We were our own people; yet, we shared the limelight on everything.
Each of us wanted to be set apart from the other, and a lot of that was through competition. We each wanted to be better than the other to prove that we were different. At the time, that may not have seemed like our reasoning, but looking back on it, and through our competitions to this day, I realize that was the cause of our competitiveness.
Our strengths and weaknesses set us apart soon enough. Although both of us were intelligent and athletic, we stood apart through our differences within sports and school, as well as through our personalities. I was talkative, persistent, and loving while he was shy but sweet and generous. He was great at running; I found a hidden talent for soccer. I was better at the English and social studies side of school, while he was better at math and science.
We didn’t realize how different we were even though others did. Sharing so much made us feel connected in ways we didn’t want. Both of us wanted to be our own person, yet the biggest thing keeping us so connected was ourselves.
We twins feel connections with our “other half” that I can’t really explain. That being said, there are a lot of advantages and cool things that come with having a twin. There is a bond between twins that can’t be broken, no matter how mad I am with my brother; he is always there for me, even more so than other siblings. We have grown up together, we go to school together, and we are going through life in stride with each other. No matter how different we want to be from one another, we still have each other to fall back on when we mess up. When I see my brother, I feel safe in a way that says, “I’m here whether you like it or not, and everything is going to be okay.” As siblings, we are there to bother each other, but at the same time strengthen each other. As twins, we push each other to be the best we can be and have a friendship that I can’t replicate with anybody else in the world.
Twins are like salt and pepper; they are completely different, but they are a dynamic duo that goes together perfectly. I can’t imagine my life without my twin, and we make each other the people we are today. Even though we are different, we are connected in the best possible way
Seventh grader Rachel Tievy, John Poole Middle School, loves playing goalie on her soccer team.