After spending the last week with my parents, sister, sister’s husband’s family (parents in law or parents once removed?), it was great to finally spend a birthday with kin. We stayed at ZhangJiaKou, the site set for the 2022 Winter Olympics! The cool breeze in the dead of summer indicated sub-zero winters, perfect for snowy terrains worthy of Olympiads. Yet for us, brisk walks after dinner were the extent of our athletic performance.
During our walks, my sister, mom, and dad would catch up about our childhood and reminiscence on how far we have come since my parents immigrated to Atlanta, GA in 1988, and how I was born just 4 years later. My sister moved from China after 7th grade to the US, not speaking a lick of English, similar with my mother.
My sister is 13 years older than I am, with three boys, ages 4, 7, and 10. More times than not, I am mistaken for being an older brother to my nephews than I am a younger brother to my sister. Despite her going off to college when I was less than five years old, the impact of her aurora remained far after she left. Little did I know how much she would impact me as a child growing up.
MIT, EECS, Mckinsey, KPCB, I had little idea what these acronyms stood for, but from my parents tone when speaking about my sister, it sounded as sweet as Resse’s Pieces. While I was occupied with school yard kickball or playing truth or dare at neighborhood sleepovers, I had little idea how hard my sister was working and how much she had accomplished.
At risk of stating the obvious, I think having someone to look up to is important. A parent, sibling, friend, idol, anyone. They serve as a conscious and sub-conscious motivator at both the best and worst of times. Nowadays, my conversations with my sister revolve more around self-discovery, passion, 0 to 1, instead of video games, presents, and TV shows when I was younger. I don’t get to talk to her as often since she lives in China and has three rascals to take care of, but I do know that I have and always will look up to my sister as a professional, sister, and friend.
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