This post is dedicated to my amazing, talented, and beautiful sister Nicky Tennent. After a gruelling two years, she has passed her boards exams with flying colours and, as of yesterday, is officially finished with her Law Articles. And I am so unbelievably proud!
Ever the over-achiever, Nix decided to put us mere mortals to shame by studying a joint degree straight out of high school. After five years, she achieved her Bcom Law and went on to the big bad city that is Johannesburg to complete two years of Law Articles. It hasn’t been an easy journey, but one of the things that I love most about my wonderful sister is her ability to see the good in people and things no matter what. Her optimism, enthusiasm, and perseverance are what got her through a tough two years, and it is these traits that will ensure that she will succeed in whatever she does.
It’s funny how when you grow up with a sibling, you don’t realise how important they are to you until they’re gone. In the early years, Nix and I didn’t ever see eye-to-eye and I never appreciated the great person that I had living in the room right next door. I sometimes think that I never took full advantage of her wisdom or opinion, being too embarrassed to ask for advice or too cocky to think that I needed it. Even during the first two years that we were at varsity together, I was too wrapped up in my own issues and never gave her the chance to help me.
As the years have passed we have grown closer, and I suddenly realise what an important role my big sister has played (and will always play) in my life. Now that we live on opposite sides of the country we are closer than we have ever been, and I guess it’s true that absence really does make the heart grow fonder. I am so lucky to have such an amazing influence in my life and I really don’t know what I would do without her.
To my incredible sister: you are stronger than you know, you are kinder than you realise, and you are more important to me than you can ever imagine. I am so proud of you and all that you have achieved, but I am even more proud to call you my sister. I love you Nix.