When your brother is only two years older than you, then you are almost certain you will have a healthy competition. You play, you joke and fight and you tease and challenge each other. Once you reach a certain age, you also (slowly) learn how to give compliments. Today, my brother Sheraz has become 31. Time for some gratitude!
✓ Thanks for taking care of me since we were young. I will never forget the day you opened your piggy bank and suggested to combine our savings to buy our first stereo set and other fun stuff together, even though you had way more money than I.
✓ Thank you for showing me the way and making it easy for me to climb along. You made it easy for me to follow you everywhere and you knew exactly how much teasing I could take ;). From cricket to soccer, from school to studies, from side jobs to business, from The Fugees to Kanye West.
✓ Thanks for always being keen to learn from me. I love being your psychology teacher and sharing all the other lessons I learn with you. Due to your full attention and smart questions and reflections, I (secretly) might even benefit from it more than you!
✓ Thanks for being such an example, showing me how to take responsibility and how to act. The way you take care of your family and friends sets the standards for the rest of us.
✓ Thanks for being the wisest, accepting my flaws and knowing when to take important decisions.
✓ Thanks for taking the punches, protecting your siblings during rough times.
✓ Thanks for never giving up on our goals, having an undying belief and sharing your success.
✓ Thanks for being the lifelong learner you are, living by principles and standards. You teach the art of living by example, and having me experience it first hand.
✓ Above all: thanks for your unconditional love.
You know how much I refer to the Jim Rohn quote: ‘You are the average of the people you spend most time with.’ Do you understand how blessed I am? We have formed a master mind alliance since I came to this earth and it has been the secret behind our success and happiness.
It is not a coincidence that it has been the best year ever and our greatest gift is yet to be expected. Make sure to continue the way you do and being the inspiration you are.
Your brother who admires you,