All the fights over the TV remote, over whose mom’s favorite, or who’ll get the bigger share of sweets from grandma — all these memories are still fresh in my mind. But with time I have come to realize that younger brothers are indeed one of the greatest blessings for us. They are adorable and living without having them around is tough. No matter where we live, or what happens in the future, these are the things I want for my kid brother:
1. I want him to wake up every morning with the zeal and courage to live his dreams.
2. I want him to do whatever pleases him and never lose that innocence that we all adore so much.
3. I wish and I pray that he never dreams small.
4. I want him to be cheerful and responsible, not just cool and masculine.
5. I want my little brother to respect women.
6. I hope that he will have the courage to forgive.
7. I want him to love himself deeply.
I want him to be strong enough to never let anyone make him feel unworthy or undeserving.
8. I want my brother to know that he can always come to me for help, guidance or company.
He never has to feel alone or neglected. I want him to know that I will always love him, unconditionally.
9. I want him to understand the simple truth that raising one’s voice is the easy way out; it’s keeping calm and exercising restraint that takes effort.
10. I want him to be the kind of person who knows when and how to fight back.
And fighting back does not mean punching someone in the face, although sometimes, that just might be the case.
11. I wish that my brother learns to enjoy his meals with the family.
It brings us joy. Few years down the line, I know, he will understand. But I don’t want us to lose out on opportunities to spend quality time together.
12. I want my brother to know that it takes sacrifice, patience, and serious effort to sustain relationships.
13. I want him to have the strength to accept his shortcomings and his mistakes.
14. I want him to keep an open mind about things.
15. I want him to surround himself with friends who appreciate him as a person.
16. I want him to travel, to spend some time away from home, on the road, in the mountains, and by the ocean.
Travelling opens up new worlds to us and gives us a new perspective on life.
17. I want him to try and succeed but he has to first learn that accepting one’s failure is an achievement, too.
I wish him the world. I want him to eat healthy, smile often and exercise every day. He can drink socially, hang out with girls, party all night, act naughty or even lie sometimes if he has to. But I hope he never stops being a good person and that he never forgets how much I love and care for him.