A Thank You To My Older Brother, Now That I'm Older

A Thank You To My Older Brother, Now That I'm Older

Thank you for always being there for me.

Having an older brother is probably one of the best things and also one of the biggest struggles. He will call you a pain in the ass but in reality he's really yours.

You purposely do things to make each other mad. He ends up becoming one of your bestfriends and will always tell you the truth (even when you don't want to hear it). Its easy to take the bond you have together for granted, I know I did until I left for college. I have come to realize how much he has actually cared about me, always had my back, and was always there for me no matter what.

I know I haven't told him lately but here is a thank you letter to my big brother.

Dear Branden,

Thank you for being weird and obnoxious. You always make every memory interesting whether it be messing around in your cap and gown a few days before your college graduation, pushing me into the snow while taking picture, and my favorite was you making the fourteen hour drive to and from Colorado full of laughter. You always know how to make me laugh and you help me realize that I am truly the normal one.

No matter what time of day or what ever we are doing you always give me crap. It used to bother me when I was younger as I thought you were just being a mean big brother, now I fight you back and give it right back to you. You always made fun of me but honestly I want to say thank you for that, because it gives me an excuse to make fun of you right back.

As an older brother, you are kind of born into the role of protecting me. You have always been there for me. You have told me what people to stay away from, where is not safe to go, and what no to do at parties. As we all know how goofy and funny you really are, you really cared about me and looked out for me.

And while I am thanking you, I should also apologize for everything I put you through within the last eighteen years. Although we are five years apart you took the responsibility for a lot when we lived in the same house. From the house not being cleaned by the time our mom got home from work, me blaming you for breaking something, and for saying that I am the favorite child (we both already know this is still true). Also I am sorry for all the times I was an annoying little sister.

You are not afraid to give me a reality check and tell me how something really is. Having someone be there and able to tell me the truth and put me in my place I really value that.

As I am very thankful for everything you do for me, I am also very proud of the person you have become. Not only have you watched me grow up but I also have watched you. I have watched you race go karts, legend cars, graduate high school, graduate from college, move into your first house and so much more. You have accomplished so much and I am so proud of all you do and everything you have accomplished.

Thanks for being the older brother I never thought I wanted. I guess its okay I didn't get a sister after all.

I hope I have made you proud; you most definitely give your little sister a lot to be proud and thankful for.

Love you,


Cover Image Credit: Brooke Beverley

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Dear Unexpected Best Friend,

You were the person I never thought I would speak to and now you are my very best friend. You came out of nowhere and changed my life for the better. I can't thank you enough for everything you have done to shape me into the person I am today. You've taught me what it means to be selfless, caring, patient, and, more importantly, adventurous.

You don't realize how much better my life has become and all because you came out of nowhere. I didn't see you coming. I just saw you on occasion, and now I can't see my life without you in it. It's funny how life works itself out like that. Our unexpected friendship filled a hole in my life that I didn't know existed.

I don't even remember what life was like before you came along; it most likely had a lot less laughter and spontaneity than it does today. I can call you about anything and you would drop whatever you're doing to help me in any situation. You know when I need encouragement. You know when I am at my best and when I am at my worst. You always know exactly what to say.

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I couldn't have found a better friend than you if I tried. We balance each other out in the best way possible. You are most definitely the yin to my yang, and I don't care how cliché that sounds. Because of you, I've learned to stop caring what people think and to do my own thing regardless of any backlash I might receive. You are my very favorite part of what makes me who I am to this day.

It's as if I wished up a best friend, and poof — you appeared right in front of me. I am so beyond blessed to have you and I wouldn't trade the world for all our memories. Thanks for coming out of nowhere.

Love you forever and a day.

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The Universe Knew I Needed A Little Brother To Make Me Who I Was Meant To Be

Who knew my biggest annoyance would also be my biggest teacher?


Everyone has a love/hate relationship with their siblings. And if you say that you don't, you're either crazy or you're lying. Growing up, sometimes I asked myself, "Why aren't I an only child?"

My littlest brother has been bugging me since I was 4. He was born, and at the time I'm sure I thought it was the greatest thing to ever happen to me. Then he started talking. And walking. And figuring out how to push my buttons in ways that no human being ever could. (Don't worry little bro, I'll say nicer things about you later, just keep reading.)

My brother and I fought more than any pair of siblings I'd ever met in my childhood. My friends had little brothers but none of them ever seemed as fed up with theirs as I was with mine. There were times when he didn't even have to speak and I'd be furious with him. Everything set us off. As kids, we used to fight each other (physically), even though I was probably triple his weight. I remember a time when he knocked out one of my teeth, and in return, I hit him so hard he had bruises.

Do we sound certifiably insane yet? No? Just wait, it gets better.

We continued this kind of fighting until I was well into my teens. By that time he was growing, and soon he and I were an even match in terms of strength and height. This made our "wrestling" as my mom liked to call it, all the more crazy.

Once it got so heated during a car ride that we both started yelling ways we would kill the other if we had the chance. (This is the part that makes us really sound crazy.) We went back and forth for what felt like an eternity, but the funny part is that by the time we reached our destination, we were laughing so hard we had tears. We were complimenting the other's creativity and trying so hard to outdo each other coming up with the funniest ways to die.

The point of this is not to make everyone think that all we ever did was scream at each other. He's one of my favorite people on Earth, and a lot of my best childhood memories took place with him next to me.

What really helped was when I went off to college. It caught me by surprise how much I missed him. I checked in with him more than I expected, which probably annoyed him, and I found that I missed being in his company. I even missed our fights.

Now that I'm entering adulthood and he's living out his long-awaited teenage years, our fighting is less frequent and less intense.

I reflect back on my childhood growing up with my little brother, and I realized that if I hadn't had him by my side, I wouldn't be the person I am today and I'd lack a lot of the qualities that I love about myself. Part of the reason I'm tough and independent is that I had to be, growing up with him. Fighting with him taught me that I had to be able to hold my own in the world. He taught me the importance of family.

I'm extremely protective of the people I love, because of him. Growing up my little brother relied on me for a lot, whether he liked it or not. Watching out for him was an inherent part of who I was, it still is. But he also taught me that it's okay to lean on other people because I relied on him a lot too.

The older I got, the more I found myself defending him, trying to help others understand why he did some of the things he did. Maybe it's a sibling thing, or maybe it's all the years we spent harassing each other, but I've always been able to know what he means when he can't quite find the words.

I'm a good arguer. I know how to be patient. I'm good at resolving issues between myself and other people. Because those are all skills I had to develop to survive life growing up with him.

I wouldn't change my relationship with my little brother for anything in the world.

He's one of the best people I know. He is someone who may annoy me to no end but also inspires me every single day. The list of things I admire about him is just as long, if not longer, than the list of ways he annoys me. He thinks in ways no one else does, and he's a constant source of entertainment. He has street smarts I wish I had, and a perspective on life that few others can see. He's funny, creative, stubborn, and everything I'd ever want in a sibling.

I used to wonder why I had a little brother. Why I wasn't able to have the only-child life I thought I wanted. I know now, that the universe knew what it was doing all along. The universe knew I would need a constant pain-in-the-butt, in the form of a blue-eyed, blonde-haired psycho, to push me to be who I was meant to me. To show me all the things I needed to be to have the life I was meant to have. The universe brought my brother and me together in the same life, in the same family, because without him I'd be a very, very different human being.

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