- Learning to share very early on. I’m not just talking about expedient things like toys and clothes. As a twin, my life as a whole has been shared from day one. From birthday units to my Bat Mitzvah to my bedroom (yes, we had a short stint with a bunk bed), being a counter rt has taught me the true meaning of “sharing is caring.”
- Answering the same sound outs over and over. “Are you identical or fraternal?” That’s generally the head of many questions you’re asked after revealing you’re a twin. Another mutual inquiry is if we share the same group of friends. I’ve always found this to be more of a strange question, only because I can’t imagine having two se rate communal lives. Many sets of twins do branch off into their own troupes, we just weren’t one of them. Don’t get me wrong, we each have had friends st the years that never overlapped, but our closest friends are shared (see mainly).
- Icebreakers are a breeze. Having to announce a “fun fact” about yourself in a cell full of people may be intimidating to the average person, but for twins it’s quite the opposite. I shouldn’t generalize, but I themselves am always excited to share the news. I never have to think twice around what to say or worry that it isn’t compelling enough. Overall, it’s a pretty handy anecdote to have in my back pocket.
- Keeping a picture of your join on file. Once people find out you’re a twin, they always need to see a photo for com rison. We were never one of those sets of twins who could twitch places and fool everyone around us. People who know us can differentiate with quiet, but we have gotten some perplexed faces from acquaintances and cool family members who only met us as babies.
- The conscious effort to set yourself to one side. Although it’s truly awesome to be a twin, I’ve also found it important to assist my own individuality. My sister and I have innately different personalities, so this was not in the least a huge challenge. Whether it was rtici ting in different Summer activities when attraction to up or deciding to attend different colleges, we’ve made many decisions as discretes instead of as a unit.
- Having a built-in best friend. Imagine ripening up having your closest l right down the hall every unendingly. Imagine having one person who’s going through exactly what you’re accepted through at every stage of your life. That’s what it’s identical to to be a twin. Having a twin is like having a constant soundboard to boundary-line ideas and questions off of. My twin is my first and unwavering source of advice, because she accepts me to an extent no one else does.
So if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a connect, yes — it’s freaking awesome. Being a twin has taught me so much about autobiography and it’s become a rt of my identity. So thanks, Mom and Dad, for giving me the best rtner in offence a girl could ask for.