That brother or sister you have disagreements with now—or maybe even refuse to speak to for some reason—could someday be the one who you need most.
Look no further than the Wright brothers.
Glider after glider and study after study, my heroes and fellow Dayton, Ohio, natives the Wrights tried for several years to achieve powered flight.
Wilbur and Orville crashed and failed and rebuilt and crashed again. A lot. But they knew their work ethics and habits complemented one another, so they stuck together even when things got tough. They were lucky to have that bond, which was probably as much of the reason for their success as anything else.
People told them their dream was impossible. And the Wrights had to invent their own parts, too—propellers, an engine—stuff we take for granted now. And once they did fly, on Dec. 17, 1903, not many people in America even believed it happened. Two hick bicycle makers from some map dot in Ohio achieving powered flight? Yeah, right.
I bet things got lonely for them a lot. Fortunately, along with other siblings of theirs, Orville and Wilbur had each other. After all, it’s not the Wright brother, is it?
Orville: Between the two of us, you look the most dapper in a suit!
Wilbur: No, you do!
Orville: No, YOU do!*
*This conversation likely never happened.
You and your brother or sister likely won’t invent the next great advancement in humanity—I strongly doubt y’all will—no offense. But as parents get older, people get divorced or kids get born, siblings are the ones you’re forever bound to, the ones you can always count on despite whatever disagreements there might be.
But what the hell do I know? I’m an only child.