Happy Birthday Curtis.
Lets be real, if this was just between us, I would have replaced your name with something inappropriate.
That’s how we are. We joke around and give each other a hard time.
It wasn’t always like that though, at several different times throughout my life I thought your sole purpose was to make my life hell.
I thought all you wanted to do was irritate me and make things hard for me.
And I was partially right.
For 25 years now you have irritated me and made things hard for me..and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I always know you’re in a good mood when you pick on me or call me a name, that’s how I know things are fine. It’s those times when you’re super quiet that I know somethings up. Believe it or not, I look forward to seeing you because I know you’re goings to give me crap.
I enjoy it.
It took me 22 years to realize that.
That you give me a hard time to get me to loosen up and to laugh at myself every once in awhile. Or to simply just mess with me, because you’re my little brother and that’s your job. You’re allowed to.
It’s because of you that I don’t take things personally and I don’t get upset about words. You’ve helped me get tough skin and helped me develop a sense of humor. Because of you, I have learned to laugh at myself. I have learned to not always take things so seriously and to try and not care what others think.
You’re so carefree and so free spirited.
I envy that so much about you.
You don’t care at all about what other people think, I can’t do that.
You don’t think twice about going on an adventure or doing something crazy, I can’t do that.
You do whatever will make you happiest without overthinking it, I can’t do that.
I aspire to be like that.
You are unapologetically yourself.
I told you recently that I looked up to you, and you said you didn’t know why..this is why.
Because you are the things that I aspire to be.
You have also worked so incredibly hard to get to where you are in life. Most people can only hope of doing the things you’ve done by 25.
If you would have asked me at any point growing up if I looked up to you I would have laughed.
My annoying little brother? No never.
I didn’t realize that the older we got, the cooler you would get.
The more excited I would be to see you, and the more I would learn from you.
You really are a great little brother.
I’m so thankful to have you as my brother, I brag about you to people at work and my friends when they ask how you are.
I’m so unbelievably proud of the person you’ve become and I can’t wait to see what more you do in life.
I know you will continue to do great things.
I will keep this short, because you’re not the sentimental type, and I’m not even sure if you’ll see this.
I just wanted to let you know how proud of you I am, and that I am so thankful that you’re my brother.
Happy Birthday Curtis.