As a twin, you were essentially a live-in shoulder to cry on. Since you’re going through the same stages of life at the same time, it’s incredibly effective to consult with your twin about anything, knowing, of course, you’d do the same for them.
5. Punching Bag
When your friends complained about fights with their siblings, all you could do was laugh. Twin battles were absolutely vicious. But, whether it was physical or verbal sparring, you could take comfort in the fact that (eventually) you’d always forgive each other.
Failing French? Miserable at math? Have no fear, your twin was there. They were taking (and ideally, passing) the same class that you felt hopeless in. Just expect some form of smugness in return. After all, they did save your GPA.
8. Third Wheel
Even if all you wanted was a Sunday morning at home, your twin and their SO never hesitated to turn the breakfast table into their temple of love. Twins have the specific problem of encountering these individuals more often. That kid who sits in front of you in Calc? Yeah, he’s the same one who was playing tongue twister with your dear sis.
If you couldn’t quite tell how much cologne was too much, or never seemed to master the delicate art of eyeliner application, a twin could often provide the second take or steady hand that you needed to get through those awkward high school years.
I was never one for conflict, except of course, with my twin. Insults were hurled, betrayal occasionally occurred, bitter hatred briefly ensued. Perhaps these short but vicious fights were just a release of that residual irritation of avoidance. Or perhaps that’s just what twins do.
Barring a parent’s presence, a twin could act as a first-rate surrogate. Their soup may have been a tad overcooked and their sympathy a bit lacking, but you knew that they genuinely wanted to make you feel better (despite their laughing at your inability to speak without rasping after a bad bout of strep).