Are you an only child? Do you constantly miss your unborn siblings? Life with siblings is plenty fun but here are some reasons you should stop feeling sorry for yourself and be glad instead. As you continue reading this, you will find yourself being grateful for being an only child.
No fighting for the remote
You want to watch Star World and not HBO? Go ahead. You want to keep watching what you are watching and also get a snack? You don't have to take the remote with you to the kitchen. This is something people with siblings can not even dream of. Feel lucky yet? You should.
Food you keep in the fridge doesn't 'magically' disappear
This is probably the biggest advantage of not having a sibling. Yes, even more than not having to fight for your mother's affection. Why you ask? Because food. You're full and you want to keep the rest in the fridge for later? You can and that too with full confidence that when you go searching for it, it will be there waiting for you. YES.
Your clothes remain your own
People who have siblings of the same gender would do anything to not have their clothes taken without their permission. The sweater you stretched out perfectly will stay that way and not be overstretched by your elder sister. You guys are not even the same size, why she still steals your clothes will always remain a mystery.
No one to set high expectations
Having an elder sibling is a lot of pressure. Anything they accomplish, you have to do better. Anything they can not, you have to accomplish to keep your parents happy. The only way to not live in the shadow of your elder sibling is to not have one at all. So go on and thank God because you should.
You don't become a young parent
Those of us with a younger sibling, and especially one who is much younger, are bound to become their parent. We scold them, feed them, make sure they are clean at all times and keep them from getting hurt. Teenage stuff? We can't do any of that. We have to help mother clean Ayesha up. You, the only child, get to be a teenager and not be turned into a parent. Be happy!
You can make your own decisions
Often, having an elder sibling means having a third parent and one more person to take permission from. Unless siblings are on really (and we mean really) good terms, it is a given that apu or bhaiya will intervene and try to convince our parents to not let us go, sometimes just for fun. “Ammu ami shob bujhi,” they will say. You, on the other hand have no such thing to worry about. What a life you are living!
Younger siblings are full of energy with their minds set on annoying us for the rest of our lives. Having a quiet moment is never an option. Anything we try to do, they will interrupt. It is almost as if it is their life's mission to keep us from having some quality downtime. It has become common for us to want to go home after a long day but stay out because we have just remembered Aryan is at home.
No one is spying on you
A sibling is nothing short of a spy camera. They see everything and report back to your parents. Nothing you try to hide is safe because you are under their constant surveillance. Not having siblings means you have only two sets of eyes to dodge. Passwords to your phone and computer are private to you and you have total freedom. Nice.
No need to compete for your parents' love, you have got it all. No matter what you do, they have no other choice than to accept you and your apology. How nice it must be.
You can brag all day about how you are such a delight that your parents did not feel the need to have another child. Off course, people can then say you are actually a nightmare and the only reason they don't even think of having another kid is because they have had enough. But, don't let them burst your bubble, fight them. Your parents are lucky to have you!
While the grass always looks greener on the other side, these are reasons you just cannot ignore. Life without siblings does have its perks. Enjoy it and, hope your parents don't change their minds!