They say that if you want to really get to know someone, you have to spend a lot of time with them. But you can only learn so much about someone by meeting them in a certain place at a certain time, and building a relationship from there.
I think that is why siblings can be so important.
Siblings get to see the sides of you that not every one else would see. They get to know the things about you that you don’t, or won’t, share with others. It’s hard to hide things from siblings, but that’s a good thing. That’s how you keep each other in check.
My youngest brother, Matt, is moving to Texas this week, so I’ve been recalling many memories we’ve shared in just the past few years. We’ve seen some lows, some highs, and a staggering amount of changes. But we’ve managed to pull through. We’ve managed to stick to our principles and not let the craziness that is our world make us crazy in return.
We’ve always pushed each other to be stronger, smarter, and better people; not only to ourselves, but to everyone around us. Anyone who knows my family knows how proud I am of my younger brother, and my respect for him is not something that has just been handed out arbitrarily.
He has wholeheartedly earned it.
I am very relieved to see that he is leaving this area and heading out to a new world, and I know he will embrace the opportunity that awaits him, and I trust that God will take care of things.