My little brother turned 21 today! Oh, the bittersweetness of it all. We're 12 years apart and he was my little buddy when we were growing up. Some of my fondest memories are of me taking time out from being a typically angst-y teenager to do fun kid stuff with him. We played video games, we watched Saturday morning cartoons, we played Legos. Little brothers are awesome!
Now he's a functioning adult who is almost finished with school and makes three times as much money as I was making at his age. He has vivid dreams and concrete goals, and is such an inspiration to us all.
My happy moment from today was sharing a celebratory beer with my little bro. It almost didn't happen because he's so dedicated to his work that he was just going to call it a night and rest up for a long day of work tomorrow. I put my foot down and told him that he needs to take time for fun, too.
Here's to milestone birthdays and family and fun! Cheers!