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I’ll admit, the title of this article is definitely a little weird and might sound braggy, but please hear me out. I will never struggle to find my soulmate because I was born with mine. Sounds weird, right? In all honesty, it is really strange. But from the moment I was born, I was granted the greatest thing that would ever happen in my life – my twin sister, Andrea. As cheesy as it sounds, Andrea is the other half of my heart, the other half of my soul and has been since the moment we popped out the womb together. Without her, I don’t know how I would have made it through life this far, or how I would continue living without her. She is, plain and simple, my soulmate.

Now, don’t get me wrong – we fight and bicker and get annoyed and mad at each other more often than I’d like to admit. We don’t always see eye-to-eye, and we can definitely be petty with one another just like any other siblings. But I would be lying if I said that we’re just sisters, and I love her because we’re related. The love that I feel for Andrea each and every day is unfathomable, and if I think about it for too long I get misty-eyed and have to distract myself before I get too emotional. Andrea embodies everything that is good in this world – she is unapologetically herself, absolutely hilarious, deeply compassionate, and ready to lay down everything for the people she loves. I am amazed every single day by the woman she is, the woman she was, and the woman she’s becoming, and the depth of adoration for her just keeps growing.

So, why did I write this article, dear readers? Do I just want to brag about my sister/soulmate/best friend? Well, yes – but it’s more than that. A few days ago, Andrea sent me a Snapchat of her crying, so obviously I called her to see what was wrong. Our conversation went a little like this.

Me: Hey why the f*ck are you crying? What’s wrong?

Andrea: Nothing’s wrong, I’m just writing this English paper and in one of the paragraphs I talk about the relationship we have and it made me cry because I love you so much and you mean so much to me.

Me: That is so sweet send it to me immediately.

Andrea: Okay love you bye.

So, she sent me the section of her paper that talked about our relationship, and the last line really stuck out to me: “A lot of people lament that they may never find their soulmate, and my heart aches for them, because I was granted this gift the moment I was born.” To say I was bawling at the end is a serious understatement. The depth of emotion and love that Andrea expressed in a short paragraph blew my mind and made me take a step back and just think “wow – I already have my forever person, and I always have.”

I called her back crying and we cried together for a few minutes, just telling each other how much we loved each other, which is corny as hell but something we definitely needed during this difficult season of life. Thinking about my life and who I’ve become, I cannot separate myself from this sweet little weirdo I am blessed to call my twin sister. It’s beyond comforting to know that I will always have that person in my life to turn to, to confide in, to cry with and to, to laugh until we can’t breathe, to just let go of everything and be our most real selves with no fear. Andrea, I love you to the ends of the world and will never get sick of you or be able to tell you how much you mean to me.

You and me against the world, kiddo. You and me.

St. Louis gal, Art History major and adamant fan, twin sister, Diet Coke fanatic, book lover, and avid supporter of flower power
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