There were two sisters. Twins. They were so different from each other. If you'd met them you would never have suspected they were even related.
It started at school. One was academic, the other artistic, but each wanted to shine above the other. Their sibling rivalry taught them independence, gave them strength and set them on the right course to succeed in future years.
sisterly bond made them stronger, more able to deal with those around them and taught them the value of putting up a united front. They were the very best of friends.
One became a business woman, the other a designer. One made her fortune, the other was the toast of the fashion world. Both married yet remained as close to each other as they were as children.
The rivalry of those formative years gave them grounding in healthy competition. They knew the importance of being the best yet never let greed lead their lives.
One was always there for the other when things went wrong and each provided the other with a shoulder to cry on when their parents died within a few days apart.
Yet sibling rivalry reared its head in the harshest of ways when the contents of their parents will was revealed. Each thought that the other had been treated better and slowly but surely the bond that once made them strong began to fade.
Suddenly they were two separate souls walking two different paths The rivalry which once gave them strength now set them one against the other. Each sought empowerment, one over the other.
The once perfect relationship lay in tatters as the rivalry became bitter and savage.
They have since gone totally separate ways. It has been many years since they communicated let alone talked. The sibling rivalry which once was their strength eventually turned out to be their downfall. Even friends of old have kept away rather than choose between the sisters that they all knew and loved. They remain isolated from the people who once surrounded them.
A few months ago two young people struck up a friendship at college. They share the same birthday. She is academic, he artistic. They enjoy a friendly rivalry, yet have become extremely close and bounce off each other’s egos in a way the other students envy.
They will probably never know that they are cousins.